What is an Interdisciplinary Studies Course (IDC)?
Interdisciplinary Studies is a subject area and a faculty on its own in the Ontario curriculum. This innovative program has allowed educators to create courses that meet the needs, passions, and understandings of Ontario’s students.
According to the Ministry of Education, “Interdisciplinary studies courses are designated as ‘open’ or ‘University preparation’ depending on which designation is the most appropriate as a basis for combining other courses and/or expectations” (The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Interdisciplinary Studies, 2002). In essence, an IDC combines its own unique course elements and learning strands with selected expectations from two or more courses that already exist within the Ontario Curriculum.
The ‘New Yorker’ IDC3O or IDC4U
This course explores the arts and entertainment of New York City and the role the arts play in the city’s past and current societies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will examine various styles of music, visual art, comedy, and theatre that exist and thrive in New York City and connect these forms from a personal, cultural, social, and economic perspective.
Students enrolled in the IDC3O can use this credit towards the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and as an elective credit to allow for greater flexibility in their timetables.
Students enrolled in the IDC 4U can use this credit towards the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and towards their university or college applications.
A student can only take one of each IDC30, IDC40, and IDC4U towards their OSSD.