Mc Donald M. Pascual, Michael Angelo Cruz, News, Communication Management Office
The College of Social Sciences and Development (CSSD) launched a series of webinars on interdisciplinary forum calledUgnayan at Talastasan: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Developmenton July 21, 2021 through Zoom platform.
The Interdisciplinary Forum was initiated by Dr. Raul Roland Sebastian, CSSD dean, with the view of engaging the faculty, students and other stakeholders of the college in integrative discussions through inter and multidisciplinary forums.
By inviting distinguished scholars and academicians from reputable academic institutions in the country and abroad, the interrelationship of the social science disciplines would be fostered and reinforced as channels in discerning solutions to societal problems and challenges.
“It is the idea of the CSSD to draw scholarly assessments on societal concerns through the integrative applications of History, Economics, Cooperatives and Social Development, Sociology and Anthropology and Psychology in relation to human rights, poverty, indigenous peoples, livelihood, peace and public safety, governance, national security, civilizational dialogue, diplomacy, overseas Filipino experience, and all others that have impact on Filipino society,” Dean Sebastian said.
Moreover, the Interdisciplinary Forum was viewed as a good opportunity for the faculty to adapt themselves and develop interest in inter and multidisciplinary approaches in the social sciences and development so that their researches would be directed at pragmatically addressing societal concerns.
Dr. Sebastian hopes that these approaches in the social sciences and development can yield new areas of research interest among the faculty, can urge research collaboration among them despite their different disciplinal backgrounds, and can encourage partnerships with respected academic institutions in the Philippines and overseas.
The first Interdisciplinary Forum was held on July 21, 2021 with Prof. David B. Smith of the University of Boon in Germany as the resource person. He is the Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is currently a candidate for the doctorate degree in Church History at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn. Dr. Smith talked onHuman Rights and Beyond: Liberative Linguistics for Intercultural Religious Discourse on Gender and Sexuality.
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