Multidisciplinary Disciplines

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In modern day education, one can classify three distinct forms of sciences: the Natural Sciences, the Humanities and the Social Sciences, shaped by their unique origin, development, aim and outlook on the world. Consequently, these disciplines are often considered disjoined and unrelated, studied in separated departments or, in most cases, specialised universities. However, there is the case of multidisciplinary courses, such as International Studies, which draw upon all three forms of science and show a possible connection between each. This essay will outline the differences in the three sciences and their specific approach to knowledge, as to demonstrate the relevancy and usefulness of their distinctive disciplines in multidisciplinary courses.…show more content…
Rather, their disciplines draw upon both in their approach to knowledge. Originating in the minds of 19th century French and German intellectuals, it concerns itself with the study of societies and the very essence of culture. This expresses itself in their immensely varied disciplines, such as Sociology, Economics and Psychology, all concerned with a topic combined out of the disciplines of Natural Sciences and the Humanities. For example, Psychology seeks to explain the human mind and behaviour, through a combination of intense research of the individual and individual cases and seeing these events in a larger chain of similarities. In this way, both quality method and quantity method are used. Consequently, this requires a combination of both the nomothetic approach, to yield general knowledge, and ideographic approach, to get detailed specific…show more content…
Conversely, it relies, even more so than the Social Sciences, on drawing techniques and knowledge from both the Natural Sciences and the Humanities. This is necessary to successfully and strikingly convey and investigate its understanding of the world. International Studies takes its ability to access general knowledge from the Natural Sciences and the corresponding nomothetic approach. While the Natural Sciences are not the principal influence on the disciplines of International Studies, they are of certain importance in keeping the multidisciplinary course together as a whole. In largely the same fashion, International Studies draws some of its tactics from the Humanities; they use specification and detailing, which can be achieved through the Humanities and their ideographic approach. The Humanities also shares some of its disciplines with International Studies, such as the study of languages and history. Consequently, one could argue that it is not one single science that influences International Studies the most; rather the combination of all three forms of science are what makes International Studies work. An example of the importance of both Natural Sciences and Humanities in International Studies is outline of the course, in which students slowly get more specific, by choosing an area and a language to further specialise in, while remaining in a

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