Interdisciplinarity, between the concept and the practice: a case study

Interdisciplinarity is now a relevant issue in the organization of courses and the construction of knowledge in higher education institutions, especially in graduate studies. The analysis of the construction of the field of Social Sciences in Brazil is significant for understanding the choices and the theoretical-methodological approaches of many graduate programs whose interdisciplinary practices are the "backbone" of their researches and formulations. This article analyzes initially the trajectory of the CPDA Program of the UFRRJ, considering the different political and social moments of its interdisciplinary institutionalization. Combining the consultation of institutional documents, secondary sources, observation and interviews, the article examines interdisciplinarity in graduate studies, its construction and institutionalization, and its aimed and/or unforeseen outcomes.

Interdisciplinarity; Graduate studies; Development; Rural world; Social sciences


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