Spring 2015 Courses

Duke University


AMES 332S/AMI 338S/ICS 333S: Storyworlds: The Art, Technology, and Pleasure of Narrative (Chow)
M 3:05-5:35

ISIS 268/VMS 266: Media History: Old and New (Szabo)
TTH 10:05-11:20

Development of various media forms in historical and social contexts. Impact of old “new” media on established art, commerce, education, politics, entertainment from 19th c. on. Changing ideas about authenticity, authority, agency, reception, identity, and power relating to emerging media forms, production, circulation. Overlaps, disjunctures, convergences, persistences and antiquations via case studies and examples. Technologies include print publishing, photography, audio recording, film, telegraph, maps, exhibitions, architecture and installations alongside contemporary web, multimedia, database, game, virtual reality, and telepresence systems. Final rich media research project required

PHIL 310/ISIS 310: Information and Philosophy (Vakarelov)
MW 3:05-4:20

What is information? How does it shape human life? How does it structure modern society? Investigates mathematical and conceptual theories of information and connects them to traditional and new problems of philosophy: communication and meaning, the informational nature of mind and cognition, knowledge, the nature of personal identity in the information age, the structure of the information society, and information ethics. Reflects broadly on the philosophical methodology of philosophy of information and contrasts it with alternative approaches to philosophical problems

ISIS 320S: Introduction to Interaction Design (Kopper)
TTH 1:25-2:40

Fundamental concepts of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology and techniques. User-centered design concepts and how they are applied to development of virtual environments (VEs). Basic concepts of 3D interaction design. Practical experience with hardware and software used to create VE applications. Experience in Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (the 6-sided CAVE) and with other 3D systems. User interface evaluation and metrics. Individual and team-based projects, papers, quizzes, exam

LIT 320S/ISIS 323S: Social Movements/Social Media (Mottahedeh)
MW 1:25-2:40

Considers uses of social media by social movements. Interested in broader historical study of mediating technologies and oppositional public sphere; considers uses of cameras, phones, cassette players, pamphlets, radio, and social media, but also the body, art, and fashion as oppositional technologies. Studies political and ethical uses of technologies in social unrest in North Africa, Middle East, Latin America and global Occupy mobilization. Investigates impact of technologies on social movements in contemporary history. Student driven case studies will highlight engagement with technologies of resistance in other contexts.

ISIS 359S: 3D Cinema: Theory and Practice (Bogosian)
M 1:40-4:40

Provides combined opportunity to establish foundation for telling stories with stereoscopic tools and receive basic technical experience using 3D equipment. Beyond an informative introduction to concepts and principles of stereography, students will learn terminology, explore the notion of what makes “good” vs. “bad” 3D, compare and contrast 2D vs. 3D media and production techniques, appreciate how a more natural extension of our own physical world can be created within 3D display, enjoy hands-on experience shooting and editing 3D video at a campus location.

ISIS 376: Performance and Technology (Walters)
TTH 1:25-2:40

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

PUBPOL 290S; ISIS 390S; LIT 390S; PJMS 290S: Digital Communications for Technology Policy (Cross)
T 11:45-2:15

Description: This course examines how 21st century information technology radically transforms public policy communications and offer students experience composing across various media. Students develop digital communication skills necessary to engage technology stakeholders and to position policy research in ways relevant to these stakeholders. The course addresses the technical,
stylistic, and legal issues involved in digital writing. Digital compositions include editing and embedding video clips, designing infographics, curating reference links, employing wikis and other collaboration tools, and other forms of remix communications. Students learn to analyze and engage the social networks of policy debates across think tanks and media outlets. The course includes critical reflection on the technical and social platforms that enable and limit new kinds of participation in public policy by focusing on how open source theories and practices (e.g., maker movement, remixing, tinkering, open government, creative play) affect 21st century knowledge, communication, and policy. The course is affiliated with the Innovation & Technology Policy Lab (ITPLab).

VMS 242: History of Art Markets (Van Miegroet)
MW 1:25-2:40

Analytical survey of emergence of art markets, interactions between market behavior(s), visual/media culture(s). Addresses questions regarding the nature of art markets, the specificity of art markets and 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, fashion throughout ages, and methodological implications of art market research at interface of Economics, Art History, Law and Visual Studies.

DOCST 760S/VMS 460S: Multimedia Documentary (Rue)
TH 3:05-5:35

Edit and shape fieldwork material into a Web-based multimedia presentation. Learn current technologies and techniques for multimedia publications. Examine unique storytelling strategies for on-line presentations and compare this medium to traditional venues for documentary work such as exhibitions, books, and broadcast


AMES 535/ISIS 535: Chinese Media and Pop Culture (Liu)
M 3:05-5:40

Current issues of contemporary Chinese media and popular culture within the context of globalization. Cultural politics, ideological discourse, and intellectual debates since gaige kaifang (reform and opening up); aspects of Chinese media and popular culture: cinema, television, newspapers and magazines, the Internet, popular music, comics, cell phone text messages, and fashion.

VMS 551LS/ISIS 551LS: Wired! New Representative Technologies (Lanzoni)
M 1:25-5:05

Research and study in material culture and the visual arts expressed by using new visual technologies to record and communicate complex sets of visual and physical data from urban and/or archaeological sites. Introduces techniques for the presentation and interpretation of visual material through a series of interpretative and reconstructive technologies, including the development of web-pages (HTML/Dreamweaver), Photoshop, Illustrator, Google Sketch-up, Google Maps, and Flash. To develop techniques of interpretation and representation. Consent of instructor required.

VMS 575S/ISIS 575S/MUSIC 575S/AMI 575S: Generative Media Authorship (Seaman and Supko)
M 3:05-5:35

Covers Generative Media in all its forms. Lectures, workshops, discussions, one semester-length project, shorter individual exercises and readings. Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar with advanced undergraduates and MFA students with permission of instructor.

ISIS 581S: Historical and Cultural Visualization Proseminar 2 (Olson)
T 1:25 -3:55

ISIS 650S: Critical Studies in New Media (Lenoir)
T 1:25-3:55

New media technologies examined from a transdisciplinary perspective; how they compare with, transform, and remediate previous media practices.

ISIS 670: BodyWorks (Lenoir)
TH 11:45AM-2:15PM

Influence of new medical technologies (organ transplantation, VR surgery, genetic engineering, nano-medicine, medical imaging, DNA computing, neuro-silicon interfaces) on the American imagination from WWII to the current decade. Examines the thesis that these dramatic new ways of configuring bodies have participated in a complete reshaping of the notion of the body in the cultural imaginary and a transformation of our experience of actual human bodies.

LIT 615S/ICS 615S: The #selfie (Mottahedeh)
M 6:15PM-8:45PM


NC State

CSC 582: Computational Models of Interactive Media
Young, 3 credits, F 12:50-3:30, EB2 1226

In this course we examine the use of intelligent systems to control interaction within virtual worlds, focusing on the computational  modeling of narrative as a primary organizing principle for that interaction. Class format is a combination of seminar and lecture, drawing from texts at the intersections of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, multi-agent systems, computational linguistics, user interface design, narrative and film theory and sociology.


University of North Carolina

AMST 840: Digital Humanities/Digital American Studies
Davis, 3 credits, TH 1:00-3:50, Greenlaw 431

This course focuses on the application of interdisciplinary digital humanities approaches within site-based, community-oriented, public history projects.  We’ll explore how to incorporate a physical and emotional sense of place into digital spaces.  We’ll also consider how to use digital technologies to interpret historic sites in ways that engage broad publics and foster local community.  Students will analyze/discuss readings on digital humanities and public history theory, review case studies, and critique examples of digital public projects.  They also will analyze ongoing work in the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL), including the Loray Mill project. Students also will gain hands-on, practical experience in applying digital tools & methods to a public history project.  They will contribute work to one or more DIL projects in ways that could be translated into individual portfolios.  No prior DH training is necessary, but a willingness to experiment and make small contributions to a long-term, collaborative effort is essential.

ENGL 530: Digital Humanities History and Methods
Reed, 3 credits, Course will be taught online through the Friday Center. Non-degree seeking students are encouraged to consider this course. Degree-seeking student should be aware of the course enrollment protocols. (See more information.)

This will be the first course aimed at fulfilling the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities to be offered online. The course provides and introduction to the digital humanities and practice with common DH methods and tools. For more information about the online format or the course, contact Ashley Reed.

GEOG 541: GIS in Public Health
Emch, 3 credits, T 3:30-6:30, Saunders 322
Explores theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health. The course includes an overview of the principles of GIS in public health and practical experience in its use. (GISci)

GEOG 591: Urban GIS
Liang, 3 credits, T/TH 12:30-1:45, Saunders 322
Prerequisite, GEOG 477, 491, or equivalent. Applied issues in the use of geographic information systems in terrain analysis, medical geography, biophysical analysis, and population geography.

GEOG 650: Technology and Democracy
Kirsch, 3 credits, M 3:35-6:35, Saunders 204

Are technological choices open to democratic participation? Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.

INLS 520: Organization of Information
Losee, 3 credits, MW 8-9:15, Manning 014
Anthony, 3 credits, T/TH 9:30-10:45, Manning 001

Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemas, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.

INLS 523: Database Systems 1
Missen, 3 credits, MW 10:10-11:25, Manning 208

Prerequisite: INLS 261 for undergraduates. Design and implementation of database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, query construction, and SQL.

INLS 534: Children & Technology
Hughes-Hassell, 3 credits, T 6-8:45, Manning 208

This course will prepare students to utilize emerging technologies with youth in public and school libraries, identify issues surrounding their use, and potential impacts on learning and development.

INLS 541: Information Visualization
Hemminger, 3 credits, MW 10:10-11:25, Manning 307

This course provides an introduction to the field of Information Visualization through readings of current literature and studying exemplars. A comprehensive review is given of the different types of information visualization techniques. The course provides students a framework for identifying the information visualization need, and determining the appropriate choice of data mappings and visualization techniques. A strong emphasis is placed on interactive electronic visualizations using freely available tools. Students will construct several visualizations as part of the class; however, no programming skills are required. There are no prerequisites.

INLS 550: History of the Book and Other Information Formats
Shaw, 3 credits, T/TH 12:30-1:45, Manning 303

The history of the origin and envelopment of the book in all its formats: clay tablets to electronic. Coverage includes scientific and other scholarly publications, religious works, popular literature, periodicals, and newspapers.

INLS 560: Programming for Information Professionals
Boone, 3 credits, T 2:4-45, Manning 117
Gotz, 3 credits, T/TH 12:30-1:45, Manning 304

An introduction to computer programming focusing on language fundamentals and programming techniques for library and information science applications. Emphasizes problem-solving through the development of practical applications that include text processing, file handling, user interfaces, and web data access.

INLS 582: Systems Analysis
Shearer, 3 credits, MW 3:35-4:50, Manning 307
Gotz, 3 credits, T/TH 9:30-10:45, Manning 208

Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object-oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates must have taken INLS 382.

INLS 690-163: Information Analytics
Rajasekar, 3 credits, T/TH 9:30-10:45, Mamnning 214

Pre-req: INLS 560 or equivalent. The data explosion experienced by computerization of every aspect of our lives from social media to internet of things requires a deeper look at information analytics. The course introduces proven and emerging analytical techniques that can be used to deal with mountains of mostly unstructured data. We will look at several analytical paradigms from Predictive Modeling to Data Mining, Text Analytics to Web Analytics, Statistical Analysis to novel paradigms in Map Reduce and Storm, and from Crowd Sourcing to Scientific Workflows.  Knowledge of programming is essential.

INLS 690-189: Social Media and Society
Tufekci, 3 credits, W 12:30-3:05, Manning 304

This course examines the increasingly important technologies of connectivity from a theoretical and empirical perspective. We will explore the evolution, implications and complications of social media in multiple spheres of life including sociality, community, politics, power, movements, inequality, education, knowledge, and information. Our emphasis will not be on any one current platform (such as Facebook or Twitter) or even a particular device. Rather, we will study how different configurations of connectivity and technological affordances encourage or stifle different socio‐cultural practices and values. This course will provide conceptual and methodological foundations for studying and evaluating current and future developments in this area. This course evolves every semester and new additions in Spring 2015 will be examining the movement that sprung in Ferguson and its relationship with social media, and the emergent role of algorithms and big data.

INLS 718: User Interface Design
Vergquist, 3 credits, T/TH 9:30-10:45, Manning 214

Prerequisite: INLS 582. Basic principles for designing the human interface to information systems, emphasizing computer-assisted systems. Major topics: users’ conceptual models of systems, human information processing capabilities, styles of interfaces, and evaluation methods.

INLS 740: Digital Libraries – Principles and Applications
Yoon, 3 credits, Web

Research and development issues in digital libraries, including collection development and digitization; mixed mode holdings; access strategies and interfaces; metadata and interoperability; economic and social policies; and management and evaluation.

INLS 756: Data Curation and Management
Tibbo, 3 credits, Web

Explores data curation lifecycle activities from design of good data, through content creator management, metadata creation, ingest into a repository, repository management, access policies, and implementation, and data reuse.

INLS 760: Web Databases
Capra, 3 credits, W 5:15-8:00, Manning 014

Prerequisites: INLS 572 or equivalent, INLS 523 (623 recommended) and programming experience. Explores concepts and practice surrounding the implementation and delivery of Web-enabled databases. Students will gain experience with and evaluate PC and Unix Web database platforms.