The IDBE course is unique in many ways. It is truly interdisciplinary, in the background of its staff and students, and in the areas it covers, but also most importantly in its approach to teaching and learning.
The principles that inform the course delivery mean that each individual is supported in developing their full potential in a field of interest to themselves. Spreading the course over two years allows the assimilation of new ideas, concepts and even ways of thinking, while applying this within everyday working lives as an ongoing action learning exercise.
The six residential weeks are structured around key themes which are annually reviewed to keep up to date with emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges within the built environment. Some of the issues recently covered have included technical innovations such as building information modelling (BIM) and low carbon energy and materials, political and regulatory changes, and the more intangible issues which form part of our daily lives as professionals working in the complex socio-technical system of the built environment.
The course does not have written exams on the factual content of the lectures. Each student identifies specific areas of interest which are used to produce the written assignments. Therefore, it is entirely up to you which areas you choose to study in more detail, store to use later in your careers, or just enjoy for the purpose of expanding your general knowledge. Along the way you will develop core skills in critical thinking and reflection, helping you to understand the multiple disciplines and complex structure of the construction industry and related professions.