Double degrees: double the trouble or twice the return?

Russell, A. Wendy, Dolnicar, Sara and Ayoub, Marina (2008) Double degrees: double the trouble or twice the return?. Higher Education, 55 5: 575-591. doi:10.1007/s10734-007-9076-2

Author Russell, A. Wendy
Dolnicar, Sara
Ayoub, Marina
Title Double degrees: double the trouble or twice the return?
Journal name Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-1560
Publication date 2008-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10734-007-9076-2
Volume 55
Issue 5
Start page 575
End page 591
Total pages 17
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Double degrees (also called joint or combined degrees)—programs of study combining two bachelor degrees—are increasingly popular in Australian universities, particularly among women. A case study using qualitative and quantitative surveys of current and past double degree students is presented. The study indicates that double degrees benefit students in providing a broad education and increasing skills and options. However, benefits are not fully realised because of administrative difficulties, lack of support and absence of ‘learning communities’. These problems arise because double degrees sit outside the disciplinary structure of universities. As such, however, double degrees have potential to provide transdisciplinary education. We suggest initiatives that would improve the experience, performance and persistence of double degree students. They would also build the skills of integration, boundary work, communication and teamwork associated with transdisciplinarity. These skills not only equip students for a range of employment; they are sorely needed in society.
Keyword Double degrees
Learning communities
Student surveys
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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