7 / TOWARD A TRANSDICIPLINARY SCIENCE OF SOCIETY


1 – 6 September 2014   print this page

Course directors:

Sigmund Gromno, University of Bergen, Norway
Garry Lawrence Jacobs, World Academy of Arts and Science, India
Alberto Zucconi, Person-Centered Approach Institute, Italy, Italy
Ivo Šlaus, Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Zagreb, Croatia
Roberto Poli, Unoversita di Trento, Trento, Italy


Course description:

Today humanity is confronted by a plethora of challenging problems – political, economic, legal, social, cultural, psychological and ecological – that defy comprehension and resolution by a piecemeal approach based on the prevailing principles of social science. Efforts to combine and integrate perspectives from different disciplines are limited by the absence of a common conceptual framework. This six-day transdisciplinary course will explore a shared set of common principles for the formulation of an integrated science of society embracing insights applicable to all fields of social science. It will examine similarities and differences between the natural and social sciences; including the character of scientific laws, the place of consciousness and choice; the role of the individual human being as creator, catalyst and pioneer of social change; the need for an expanded concept of causality that takes into account the role of future anticipation as an attractor; and the applicability and limitations of systems, network and complexity theory when applied to human beings. Students are invited to join with the faculty to co-create the framework for an integrated science of society.


Course lecturers:

Mura Palašek, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Saša Popović, University of Montenegro, Montenegro
Ivo Šlaus, Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Zagreb, Croatia
Goran Bandov, Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Zagreb, Croatia
Alberto Zucconi, Person-Centered Approach Institute, Italy, Italy
Garry Lawrence Jacobs, World Academy of Arts and Science, India
Janani Ramanathan, World Academy of Arts and Science, India
Roberto Poli, Unoversita di Trento, Trento, Italy
Maša Anišić, Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna Piza, Italy
Carlos Alvarez - Pereira, INNAXIS Foundation, Spain
Zbigniew Bochniarz, University of Washington, United States
Winston Percival Nagan, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States
Dama Dömsödi, Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna Piza, Romania
Ian Johnson, United Kingdom
Rodica Stefaniescu, Romania