The school solving wicked problems

London Interdisciplinary School
United Kingdom (London)

The London Interdisciplinary School is a really interesting new university in the UK, led by a group of academics, entrepreneurs and educationalists since 2017.

They decided that students won’t sign up for a particular degree subject. Instead they will address a really wicked problem, like ‘How do we bring an end to malaria?’ or ‘What do we do about mass migration?’ So, the programme is organised around a series of real world problems.

It’s important to not think in traditional ways when considering subjects like sciences, arts and design, technology, the social sciences, and the humanities, because the world is not divided up in this way, so neither is this programme.

“At LIS, we want students to graduate feeling empowered, so they can go out into the world and make their impact.”

This is a great example of a kind of pedagogy and curriculum of agency – it’s people feeling like they can make change happen.

AtlasAction: Join the community and find out which real world problems that students may tackle whilst at LIS.

Read more ► The London Interdisciplinary School was mapped by David Price in his AtlasChart Top 5 – a journey through five  schools doing things differently from Cambodia to Catalonia.

Written by

David Price OBE (13 October 2020)

Project leader

Carl Gombrich, Academic Lead and Head of Learning

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