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Changing knowledge and disciplinary boundaries through integrative research methods in the social sciences and humanities

Objective

The EC has stressed the detrimental impact of the fragmentation of the Social Sciences and Humanities on achieving a broad knowledge base, enhancement of employability and competitiveness in Europe vis-à-vis the USA and Japan (eg White Paper on Education a nd Training; Green Paper on Innovation). This project responds to this challenge in three ways by proposing: 1. a comparative analysis of the bases (epistemológica!, structural, fiscal etc) of this fragmentation; 2. a comparative analysis of interdisciplin ary research and its impact; 3. the development of a prototype European integrated research methods training module as one step towards overcoming the barriers between the Social Sciences and the Humanities. It thus answers topic 1.2 of Priority 7 which as ks that 'Research should analyse the forms of national, disciplinary and paradigmatic fragmentation of the social sciences and humanities in Europe and propose practicable means to overcome this fragmentation.' The module proposed constitutes one such prac ticable means of overcoming fragmentation. Other recommendations will be made based on the findings of 1 and 2 above. As European countries are implementing the Bologna Agreement and developing new postgraduate MA/MSc degrees, this project presents a uniqu e opportunity to develop a module that can be implemented across all European countries as part of the education reforms currently undertaken, fostering through its integrative component the opportunities for the development of new knowledge, a broad knowl edge base, and the ability to adapt to changing work and research environments through the acquisition by learners/future researchers of a barrier-breaking basis in integrated research methods training.'

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-CITIZENS-2
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF YORK
Address
Heslington
York
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

ABO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY
Finland
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
Turku
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
Address
Campus De Humanidades, Universidad De Ovieda
Ovieda
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Vasaparken
Goeteborg
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
Address
Senckenberganlage 31
Frankfurt Am-main
CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY, BUDAPEST FOUNDATION
Hungary
Address
Nador Utca, 9
Budapest
UNIVERSITE DE TOULOUSE II - 'LE MIRAIL '
France
Address
Allees Antonio Machado 5
Toulouse
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
Address
Problemveien 7
Oslo
CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
Germany
Address
114-118 Ammerlander Heerstrasse
Oldenburg
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
United Kingdom
Address
Cottingham Road
Hull