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The future is interdisciplinary

Welcome to LIS 👋

LIS undergraduates are many things. They’re scientific, analytical, and creative. They’re activists. They’re entrepreneurs. But, above all, they’re curious.

“What if?”

Our students asked what would happen if they chose not to stick with the current university paradigm. They thought big. Broad. Out of the box. Take a look below to see what they think of this course.

“After starting a ‘monodisciplinary degree I was dissatisfied with the extremely limited scope of knowledge that was being taught. I stumbled upon LIS and discovered that the degree would give me the space to explore several academic interests, all while developing an invaluable professional skillset. No brainer.”

“You know when someone asks you if you could have a super power, what it’d be? LIS really feels like that superpower.”

“I talk to my friends at other universities, and it’s clear we have something special.”

“I go to the undeniably best university ever known to humankind. Facts.”

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These events are a great way to learn more about our BASc degree, meet the team and faculty, and ask any questions you might have.

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Our students consist of a group of wholly unique individuals. They come from a range of backgrounds, bringing with them experiences and passions that could cover most of east London in post-it notes. But they're united by a love of multiple subjects ⁠— why not physics and Proust? Why do you have to choose? ⁠— with ambitions to shape the word, not just fit in.

Together, we're going to explore a world wrapped in problems of increasing complexity. Solutions might be in grasp. They might be just out of reach. Either way, we're going to try to leave the world in a better place than when we found it. Students can now apply to join us next autumn.

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Things for budding polymaths

Books 📚

Range, David Epstein

The Polymath, Waqas Ahmed

Factfulness, Hans Rosling

Unflattening, Nick Sousanis

When Breath Becomes Air, Kalanithi Paul

Whites: on Race and Other Falsehoods, Otegha Uwagba

Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth

Bitwise: A life in code, David Auerbach

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, Tyson Yunkaporta

Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows

Scale, Geoffrey West

The Extended Mind, Anna Murphy Paul

Podcasts 🎙

How to learn more about anything: Farnham St Knowledge Project

How to connect ideas: Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

An introduction to key concepts in western history: Talking Politics History of Ideas

A range of current leading ideas about how to improve our world: Future Perfect (limited series)

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