Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Malina, Roger
Discipline and Number
ATEC 7340 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Art, Science & Humanities

Description of Course:


ENROLLMENT IS BY PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR: send email with current project or research interest to [email protected] to request approval.

This course will address emerging international topics on the new ways that scientists are engaging with the arts and humanities. During the semester a number of guest lecturers will be invited to provide their expertise. The topics listed below will be discussed but other special topics will be identified at the start of the semester through discussion with the enrolled students. The purpose of the seminar is to help the students deepen their understanding of the projects they are carrying out for their PhD.

1) Virtual Humans: connections to new developments in the cognitive sciences, neuro-sciences, life sciences, behavioral and social sciences. Virtual Human problems arise both in the study of how humans behave on line, and for creating virtual personae in fields ranging from games, virtual worlds, entertainment and on line education.

2) Big Data: We now live in an age of data deluge. New issues arise in the arts and sciences requiring new systems of data representation, visualization, sonification, and simulation in fields ranging from astronomy to geology, to nano-sciences, medicine to business and finance. Insights are being developed from the science of complex networks, translation studies, “technologies of attention” and other trans- disciplinary approaches.

3) History of art,science,technology interaction: We will contextualize current work within the history of art, science, technology over the last few centuries.

4) Other topics will be covered as decided through dicussions with the students at the start of the semester.

Required Texts:


Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

The following are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor. Changes will be submitted in writing.
● Regular attendance at the Monday evening seminar. Attendance with focused attention on the lectures and presentations. Active participation in the classroom discussions is of utmost importance (excused absences must be requested, and will be granted in writing. Attendance is taken at each class session)
● On time completion of the required assigned reading and participation in the discussions relating to those readings
● Use of Zotero to create a bibliography of the readings of the student during the semester.
● Submission of all assignments as directed in the class session in which they are due.
● Group participation in Oral reports on selected reading and articles

Student Projects:
● (individual or collaborative) on a topic that connect the student’s research to the topics of the class.
● If it is a practical project it will need to be tied to the course theory and concepts with a written component. And vice versa.
● A 15 minute presentation of the project at the end of the semester, in the form of a conference presentation.
● A final document ( format to be decided jointly by student and instructor) which may include multimedia components must be submitted before the end of the semester.

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