International and interdisciplinary approach to curriculum : the Melbourne model

Devlin, Marcia 2008, International and interdisciplinary approach to curriculum : the Melbourne model, in U21 Teaching & Learning Conference, Universitas 21, University of Birmingham.

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Title International and interdisciplinary approach to curriculum : the Melbourne model
Author(s) Devlin, Marcia
Conference name U21 Teaching & Learning Conference
Conference location Glasgow, Scotland
Conference dates 21-22 Feb. 2008
Title of proceedings U21 Teaching & Learning Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2008
Conference series U21 Teaching and Learning Conference
Publisher Universitas 21
Place of publication University of Birmingham
Summary ‘The Melbourne Model’ is a new approach to university curriculum that has been adopted recently by the University of Melbourne, Australia. It incorporates elements of the 3+2+3 or three cycle structure identified in the Bologna Process, and of the objectives of ‘liberal education’ evident in undergraduate education in North America. The Melbourne curriculum model is internationally aligned, while simultaneously responsive to the particular context of Australian higher education policy. The new curriculum also incorporates interdisciplinarity of several variants in order that all students are exposed to and learn about alternative knowledge domains, methods of investigation and enquiry, and different ways of knowing. Interdisciplinary study in the Melbourne Model is ensured through a requirement that students study one quarter of their subjects outside their core curriculum, a requirement known as ‘breadth’. This paper examines two aspects of the Melbourne Model curriculum: its international nature and interdisciplinary character.
Notes Keynote address
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006677

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