Core Courses

Years 1 & 2

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Years 3 & 4

Listed below are required, core courses that you will take at the beginning and end of the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies program. These courses are supplemented with designated online and/or on-campus RRU electives listed on the curriculum page, plus you may take up to 12 credits of 300/400 level electives from any qualifying post-secondary institution to acquire further subject expertise. Approval must be obtained prior to taking any external courses.

ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity

The Introduction to Academic Integrity course illustrates academic integrity and plagiarism in real-life scenarios. A clear sense of academic honesty and responsibility is fundamental to good scholarship, and the integrity of university academic work and the degrees conferred by the university is dependent upon the honesty and soundness of the teacher-student learning relationship and of the evaluation process. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism, and other academic offences. The Introduction to Academic Integrity course serves as a helpful, interactive companion to the academic integrity policy and procedures outlined in the Student Policies & Procedures, which contains the policies and procedures that guide academic life at Royal Roads and support our mission as a university.
Course Credits: 0.0

INDS300: Writing Across Disciplines

Explores the nature, style, and form of writing in various disciplines. Provides instruction in writing for academic and professional fields of practice. Introduces basic principles of rhetoric, argumentation, and collaboration. Fosters critical reading skills. Co-requisite: INDS310
Course Credits: 3.0

INDS310: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

Introduces students to academic disciplines and professional fields of practice, leading into a thorough understanding of interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity. Explores benefits and challenges of integrating knowledge across disciplines. Co-requisites: INDS300
Course Credits: 3.0

INDS325: LGBTQ2S+ Global Issues and Community Engagement

Introduces students to history and current issues affecting LGBTQ2S+ individuals and their communities with particular attention to seniors, youth, cultural and linguistic minority groups. Includes discussion of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, agender, transgender, non-binary, queer and Two-Spirit individuals and communities. Examines ways of creating welcoming and inclusive organizations, public services, and communities and approaches LGBTQ2S+ issues from human rights and cultural identity perspectives.
Course Credits: 3.0

INDS400: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Critically introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing within the contexts of colonialism and contemporary challenges. Explores Indigenous perspectives on identity, the environment, knowledge acquisition, and renewed political relationships.
Course Credits: 3.0

INDS417: Independent Study

Directed study of academic and professional literature in the student’s area of concentration. Guided by a Royal Roads faculty member. Enables a student to engage with a specific area of scholarship arising from their overall program of study.
Course Credits: 3.0

INDS480: Internship

Guides students in applying theoretical knowledge and professional skills in a supervised, professional, domestic or international context relevant to their program of study. Brings classroom learning, theoretical concepts and academic literature together with practical learning, insights from the field of practice and application of skills. Students must secure internship placement on their own. Pre-requisites: INDS 300 and INDS 310.
Course Credits: 6.0

INDS490: Senior Research Project/Paper

Individual research paper or project serving as capstone experience for program. Should reflect basic understanding of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. May consist of primary or secondary research. Optimum length is 15 to 20 pages (4,000 to 5,000 words). Constitutes approximately 200 hours of student effort.
Course Credits: 6.0