Information Course Schedule summer 2012


This course explores the history of information and associated technologies, uncovering why we think of ours as "the information age." We will select moments in the evolution of production, recording, and storage from the earliest writing systems to the world of Short Message Service (SMS) and blogs. In every instance, we'll be concerned with both what and when and how and why, and we will keep returning to the question of technological determinism: how do technological developments affect society and vice versa?

MWF 10-12:30 (Session D: July 2 - August 10, 2012) — 213 Wheeler Hall
Instructor(s): Alex Braunstein, Blake Johnson

Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: No prior New Media production experience required.  Introduction to interdisciplinary study and design of New Media. Survey of theoretical and practical foundations of New Media including theory and history; analysis and reception; computational foundations; social implications; interaction, visual, physical, and narrative design. Instruction combines lectures and project-based learning using case studies from everyday technology (e.g., telephone, camera, web).

MWF 10-12:30 (Session A: May 21 - June 29, 2012) — 210 South Hall
Instructor(s): Bruce Rinehart

Two hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Introductory programming experience. This course focuses on understanding the Web as an information system, and how to use it for information management for personal and shared information. The Web is an open and constantly evolving system which can make it hard to understand how the different parts of the landscape fit together. This course provides students with an overview of the Web as a whole, and how the individual parts it together. It provides students with the understanding and skills to better navigate and use the landscape of Web information.

MW 2-4:30 (Lab: F 2-4:30) (Session D: July 2 - August 10, 2012) — 210 South Hall
Instructor(s): Dhawal Mujumdar

Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week.  An introduction to high-level computer programming languages with emphasis on strings, modules, functions and objects; sequential and event-based programming. Uses the PYTHON language.

MWF 9-11:30 (Session D: July 2 - August 10, 2012) — 210 South Hall
Instructor(s): Valerie Lanard

Three hours of lecture per week. This course will encourage students to think broadly about the interplay between technological systems, social processes, economic activities, and political contingencies in efforts to alleviate poverty. Students will come to understand poverty not only in terms of high-level indicators, but from a ground-level perspective as 'the poor' experience and describe it for themselves. The role played by individuals and societies of the developing world as active agents in processes of technology adoption and use will be a central theme.

TuTh 10-12:30 (Session A: May 21 - June 29, 2012) — 210 South Hall
Instructor(s): Janaki Srinivasan, Neha Kumar