ISGP Courses

Maintaining Continuous Registration

ISGP students must register for their Master’s or PhD theses. Be sure to use the correct course and section numbers. Graduate students must maintain continuous registration each Term in order to be eligible for awards, loans, housing, etc.


Master’s student: INDS 549A section 003 (6-credit Term 1-2)
Doctoral student: INDS 649 section 001 (Term 1-2)


Master’s student: INDS 549A section 941 (6-credit Term 1 & 2)
Doctoral student: INDS 649 section 941 (Term 1 & 2)

All other INDS courses require the permission of the instructor. Please contact the instructor for permission to take the course. The instructor will inform the ISGP office (preferably via e-mail). The ISGP office will then register the student for the course (if you are not an ISGP student, please ensure you contact our office and provide your Name and UBC Student Number for internal registration purposes).

Course Requirements for ISGP PhD students

Effective September 2023, all PhD students at the ISGP are required to take a minimum 12 credits of coursework (with 2 mandatory courses). Courses can be a combination of upper-level undergraduate (300’s/400’s) courses and graduate-level courses (500’s/600’s) and must must be completed within the first two years of program (schedule permitting).

The two mandatory courses are: the introduction to interdisciplinary course INDS 502E – ideally taken in the first semester – and INDS 502T. More information on both can be found below. The rest of the courses can either be chosen from the list of interdisciplinary research course (Interdisciplinary Courses (UBC) List) or it encompasses two foundational courses in areas of your research.

A maximum of 3 credits can be a Directed Studies course. All courses taken, regardless of relevance/requirement, are used to calculate overall minimum academic standing (68%/B-). See policy on “Satisfactory Progress”.

Course Requirement for ISGP MA and MSc students

Effective September 2023, all master’s students are required to take INDS 502E as part of their 30 credit graduation requirement.

INDS Courses

For courses schedules, times and location, please visit the UBC Calendar for more information.

INDS 502E 001 (Winter Term 1): 3-credit
Methodologies of Crossing: Exploring Interdisciplinary Knowledges, Trajectories, and Worldviews
Instructor: Dr. Rajdeep Gill
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location (during In-Person portion): ANSO 205, 6303 NW Marine Drive
Hybrid (alternating month): In-Person September, November, December (Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5); Online October (Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
This course is required for all PhD and Master’s students.

This course offers a creative and collaborative approach to understanding and exploring interdisciplinary constructions of knowledges across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The methodological, structural and socio-ecological contours of diverse historical and contemporary formations of interdisciplinarity will be intricately examined. There will be a strongly focus on the interrelationship of knowledges and value, interdisciplinarities and public reason. Along with in-depth dialogue and experiential learning, guest speakers from the UBC community and beyond will be invited to enrich interdisciplinary engagement and learning. A supportive and exploratory space will be created for connecting interdisciplinarity to the specific research, methodological and personal interests of each course participant. No background in interdisciplinary research is required, and students from any and all areas of study are welcome. Curiosity, adventurousness, imagination and creativity will be encouraged. The desire to expand avenues of knowledge exchange and translation across academic, community and public contexts will be welcomed and supported.
Methodologies of Crossing (21W) Course Syllabus

INDS 502K 001 / MEDG 535 001 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Genetics and Ethics
Instructor: Dr. Alice Virani
Course Outline: INDS 502K / MEDG 535

INDS 502S 007 / SPPH 523 002 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Global Health and Human Security
Dr.  Jerry Spiegel
Course Outline: INDS 502S / SPPH 523

INDS 502T 001 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Practicing Collaborative Transdisciplinary Research for Impact
Instructor: Dr. Tom Scholte
Day/Time: Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location: PCN 1001, 6445 University Boulevard
Course Outline: INDS 502T
This course is required for all PhD students and comes strongly recommended for Master’s students.
As its name makes clear, Practicing Collaborative Transdisciplinary Research for Impact is a course that is tightly focused on the capacity for disparate academic disciplines and knowledge systems outside the academy to come together and, rather than simply generating more theory, to create tangible and material improvements in response to seemingly intractable “wicked problems” in the world. It will take a deeply practical approach by highlighting paradigms for transdisciplinary research that have emerged and developed over the last several decades. Some, like systems theory and cybernetics, have been around for some time but have, arguably, not penetrated “mainstream” academic circles to the degree they might have. Others, like the Broad Model of Interdisciplinary Research, have moved us closer to the often sought after ‘Holy Grail’ of theoretic integration but have, perhaps, fallen short of providing a clear road-map for application and intervention in social concerns. Other recent developments, such as Etuaptmumk – Two-Eyed Seeing have claimed important space for Indigenous and non-Western ways of knowing in interdisciplinary research efforts but have yet to coalesce into a consistent paradigm for praxis. (Which may, or may not, be of concern). Through collaborative, project-based learning this class will explore these paradigms in their practical, epistemological, and ethical dimensions with rigour and depth. Drawing on the disciplinary expertise of the cohort members, the course will invite them to begin to shape their own path on the quest to maximize the positive social impacts of transdisciplinary research. 

INDS 502U 001 / SPPH 519 002 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Qualitative Methods in Applied Ethics Research
Dr. Susan Cox
Course Outline: INDS 502U

INDS 502F 001 (Winter Term 1): 3-credit
*IMPORTANT NOTE*: This course is cancelled until further notice.
Dr. Janusz Korczak’s Legacy: Children’s Rights are Human Rights
Instructors: Dr. Nancy Bell, Dr. Lauryn Oates
Day/Time: Fridays, 12:00 – 3:00pm
Location (during In-Person portion): SCRF 201, 2125 Main Mall
Hybrid (alternating week): In-Person: September 8, 22, October 6, 20, November 3, 17
Online: September 15, 29, October 13, 27, November 10, 24
Featuring Dr. Korczak’s legacy, this course introduces students to the foundations of children’s human rights. This course offers interdisciplinary graduate students an opportunity to advance their knowledge by exploring children’s human rights’ historical, socio-cultural, legal, and institutional contexts as well as Korczak’s enduring contributions to improving children’s lives.  The course proposes to critically examine relevant scholarly debates across disciplines, current issues, and implementation approaches, including those intended to remedy children’s human rights violations while considering ‘real world’ practices and child-centred, rights-based approaches to domestic and global issues across disciplines. Course content includes lectures, case study analysis, discussion, guest speakers, and diverse resources including scholars and practitioners, films, and readings. Students are encouraged to reflect upon children’s embeddedness within all aspects of society and how child-centred research, policy, and practice agendas, addressing critical societal issues, might take account of human rights and children’s everyday world intersections with the ultimate goal of improving children’s lives.
INDS 502F Syllabus

Acknowledgement: The course is generously sponsored by the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada

INDS 502C 001 / GRSJ 503D 201 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
*IMPORTANT NOTE*: This course will not be offered until further notice.
Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction
Instructor: Dr. Pilar Riano-Alcala
Course Outline: Seminar Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction

INDS 502A 001 (Summer Term 1): 3-credit
*IMPORTANT NOTE*: This course will not be offered until further notice.

Arts-based Methods of Inquiry in Health Research
Susan Cox, Associate Professor, W Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, School of Population and Public Health
Gloria Puurveen, Postdoctoral Fellow, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, School of Population and Public Health
This course will provide an introduction to the growing field and range of practices associated with the arts and health.
Course Syllabus: INDS 502A – Arts-based Methods of Inquiry in Health Research

Directed Studies Courses

Directed Studies (or Independent Studies) are courses that you design in consultation with either your direct co-supervisor(s) or a faculty member in your relevant research area. Under the guidance of the instructor, you can submit course proposal for approval by the ISGP Program Chair. Once your course proposal has been approved, the ISGP office will register you into a Directed Studies course section.

ISGP Directed Studies Proposal Form