SDU-17 Transdisciplinary creative and heuristic research methods

Doctoral School of Urban Planning
1st Year, sem 1, 2023-2024 | Facultative Course | Hours/Week: 1C | ECTS Credits: 2
Course Leader:
prof. dr. arh. Cerasella Craciun
Learning outcomes:
The course aims to train the integrated approach and fundamental research skills, with special emphasis on the interpretation, use, understanding of differences, evaluation / self-evaluation and application of classical research methods versus creative, heuristic and transdisciplinary research methods, in the framework of fundamental scientific research ( pure and oriented) or applied (practical and experimental), mono- or inter-disciplinary, addressed in doctoral theses.
1. Introduction. Importance, Methodological Approaches and Research and Study Methods in Landscape, Urbanism, Regional Development and Territorial Planning.
2. EPISTEMOLOGY. The relationship between Philosophy and Science. Paradigm, Concepts of Truth and Falsehood in the Philosophy of Knowledge. Theories of Knowledge.
3. RESEARCH METHOD, METHODOLOGY, TECHNIQUE, PROCEDURE, MODEL AND HYPOTHESIS – Definitions of terms, explanations, applications and examples. The value and criteria of scientific research. Examples.
5. CLASSIC METHODS OF STUDY AND RESEARCH (Application of a theory; Method of combining two or more different theories; Method of Revision of Hypotheses; Method of contradiction; Method of Criticism; Method of Renewal / Renovation; Method of Transfer of Concepts; Method of Limits). Examples.
6. CREATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (Method of Details; Method of Residues; Method of Experimental Disorder; Method of Decomposition Matrix; Method of presentation or representation / Diagraphic Method; Method of Visualization; Method of Marking / Plotting; Method of Lawyer; Method of Incompetence). Examples.
7. Heuristics, Heuristic System and CREATIVE HEURISTIC and META-EURISTIC research METHODS. Examples.
8. Transgressing the classic research frontiers. Transdisciplinarity and TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH METHODS. Examples.
9. New EXPLORATORY RESEARCH METHODS in Urban Planning, in "sensitive analysis" and Quasi/Semi-Natural, Anthropogenic and Cultural Landscape research, in Regional Development and Spatial Planning.
10. BIOETHICS IN RESEARCH AND TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION; The Relationship Bioethics / Biotechnology / Biotheology – Sustainable Development / Eco-Sustainability / Resilience). Examples.
11. Transdisciplinary heuristic research tools. MEMETICS and META-ETHICS in the INFORMATION SOCIETY, in the KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY and in the CONSCIOUSNESS SOCIETY
12. TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH. The "Black Swan" Theory / Uncertainty Principle / Probability and Knowledge / Risk and Evolution - in Landscape, Urbanism, Regional Development and Spatial Planning. Examples.
Teaching Method:
Ex-chair lectures / physical/online lectures on the Zoom platform, with Power Point, Prezi support; guests, interactive discussions, case studies, examples and applications; Google Drive group.
The active presence and evolution of the doctoral student during the course, answers to the questions during the course, the application of the information acquired during the course to the research on one's own doctoral thesis.
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The course can be followed by students of the Doctoral School of Urbanism (S.D.U.) who wish to deepen their studies in the 2nd or 3rd year of their doctorate or to complete their doctoral thesis, as well as by students of the Doctoral School of Architecture from U.A.U.I.M.