Bass Connections in Information, Society & Culture: Courses

Information, Society & Culture

Gateway Courses

ISS/PHIL/COMPSCI/PUBPOL 110: Bass Connections ISC/ISS Gateway - Information, Society & Culture

Fall 2018
Instructor: Patrick Herron

This course will delve into information, society and culture across disciplines. It will explore all aspects of information theory and practice, including computational and mathematical, and how those from social sciences and the humanities are transforming research. Students will reframe intellectual questions in research and its application, and how it has an impact on interactions within societies, cultures, ideologies, economics and politics. Faculty will present modules from all areas and schools, contrasting and comparing perspectives in research-driven modules focused on interdisciplinary project questions and ideas. Read a related article.

Other Undergraduate Courses

ARTHIST 231/ECON 344/VMS 242: History of Art Markets

Fall 2018
Instructor: Hans Van Miegroet

This course is an analytical survey of the emergence of art markets, interactions between market behavior(s) and visual/media culture(s). It addresses questions regarding the nature and specificity of art markets, the application of economic and historical methodologies, how and where players in local markets throughout the world shape visual culture(s), effective causes for art consumption, taste and fashion throughout the ages and methodological implications of art market research at the interface of economics, art history, law and visual studies.

ISS 240L/VMS 288L/AMI 325L: Fundamentals of Web-based Multimedia Communications

Fall 2018
Instructor: Richard Lucic or Victoria Szabo

This course explores multimedia information systems, including presentation media, hypermedia, graphics, animation, sound, video and integrated authoring techniques as well as the underlying technologies that make them possible. Students will gain practice in the design innovation, programming and assessment of web-based digital multimedia information systems. Intended for students in non-technical disciplines. Engineering or Computer Science students should take Engineering 206 or Computer Science 408.

BIO/MGM 325: Current Technologies in Genomics and Precision Medicine

Fall 2018
Instructors: Greg WraySusanne Haga

The landmark sequencing of the human genome in 2003 heralded a new era in biomedical research. A key result has been the development of genomics-based tools to diagnose diseases, predict disease onset or recurrence, tailor treatment options and assess treatment response. However, translating these discoveries into actionable diagnostics and therapies remains a substantial challenge. This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of genome science technologies, clinical applications and policy and ethical issues related to the conduct of genome sciences research and clinical implementation. The multidisciplinary course will offer students a 360-degree view of genome sciences from the perspectives of biology, computational biology, statistics, public policy and medicine. Students will gain firsthand experience in working with actual genome datasets to become familiar with data analysis for variant interpretation.

ISS 376/DANCE 308/THEATRST 364/ECE 364: Performance and Technology

Spring 2018; may be offered again in Spring 2019
Instructors: Martin Brooke, Thomas DeFrantz

This course provides a workshop exploration of technologies embedded in performance: robots, media and computer interface. Students create performance projects and discuss theoretical and historical implications of technologies in performance. This course is open to dancers, actors, musicians, spoken word artists and all those interested in technology and the arts. No previous experience or programming skills are required.

ISS 356S/VMS 358S/EDI 356S: Digital Durham

Spring 2018; may be offered again in Spring 2019
Instructors: Trudi Abel, Victoria Szabo

This course engages students in representing Durham’s past and present through digital media. Students digitize historical and cultural materials, conduct research in the archives and public records and present information through various forms including web pages, databases, maps, video and other media. This course also analyzes the social impact of new representations of place and space.

ISS 495: Research Capstone

Spring 2018; may be offered again in Spring 2019
Instructor: Victoria Szabo

This course is limited to ISS certificate students. Students plan, research and create new technology projects designed to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborative research, synthesizing their coursework in the program. Discussion sections meet weekly to discuss project goals and progress, learn principles of effective research project management, interdisciplinary collaboration and ethical conduct research.