IDISC 1513, Fall 2011, undergraduates & graduates
THIS COURSE HAS SEATS AVAILABLE
Monday/ Wed 9:40-11:10
Monday Studio 1:10-6:10
This studio course invites graduate and undergraduate students to improve their skills in communicating and illustrating science. The science content will be delivered through lectures and visits to nearby research labs.
We will cover hot topics in biology such as food safety, climate change, environmental pollution, the evolution of the human genome, biodiversity loss, and ocean health. Through a series of exercises, students will practice analyzing and interpreting scientific information in order to both understand and present it. They will be challenged to create engaging visual presentations targeted to different audiences. In some cases, the goal may be to increase general awareness of a key message or series of scientific facts; in others, it may be to encourage debate or promote understanding. Class work includes assigned reading, several minor projects, and a comprehensive final project.
The course will be taught collaboratively by the departments of Illustration and History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences.