Fall 2016 Courses

A list-in-progress of some of the digital humanities – related courses being offered across the Tri-Co and beyond during Fall 2016.  You can also view past courses from Spring 2016Spring 2015 and Fall 2014.
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Bryn Mawr:

History of Art B334 | Topics in Film Studies: Visual Culture and Technology | Feliz
This is a topics course.  Current topic description: This course examines the intersections of art and technology across a wide range of visual culture and popular media. Beginning with an exploration of a set of aesthetic and cultural production that includes 16th century woodcuts, 17th century cabinets of curiosity, 18th century magic lantern shows, and 19th century stereoscopes and panoramas, the course will provide historical context for a consideration of the role that various forms of technology have played in shaping art, film and new media in the 20th and 21st century. Enrollment Limit: 15. Enrollment Criteria: majors, majors, film studies concentrators. Humanities. 1 credit.

History of Art B350 | Topics in Modern Art: Mirroring the Self | Levine
Enrollment Limited to 360 participants only. 360 description:
Mirroring the Self, Exhibiting the Self is a two-semester cluster, building toward a student-curated exhibition of art and artifacts from the College’s collections. In the fall, participants will study the history and theories of self-portraiture, self-representation, and self-fashioning in cultures around the globe from antiquity to the present. They will research and write catalogue entries on the objects they have selected for exhibition. In the spring, students will explore museums and discuss theories of exhibition-making, learning to identify different curatorial approaches. They will determine a curatorial agenda, produce didactic materials, develop public programming, and install an exhibition. 360 Application: https://www.brynmawr.edu/academics/special-academic-programs/360-course-clusters/upcoming-clusters/fall-2016-application-1 Humanities. 360 credits apply.


ARTSH104 | Arts Foundation-Sculpture | Baenziger
This is a seven week, half semester course designed to provide an introduction to three dimensional concepts and techniques. Skills associated with organizing and constructing three-dimensional form will be addressed through a series of projects within a contemporary context. The first projects will focus on basic three-dimensional concepts, while later projects will allow for greater individual self-expression and exploration. Various fabrication skills including construction, modeling, basic mold making, and casting will be demonstrated in class. All fabrication techniques will be covered in detail in class, and no prior experience is required to successfully complete this course. Enrollment Limit 15.
Div: III Humanities Credit 0.50 Fall 2016.

Computer Science H340 | Analysis of Algorithms | Friedler
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of algorithms and their corresponding data structures from a precise mathematical point of view. Performance bounds, asymptotic and probabilistic analysis, worst case and average case behavior. Correctness and complexity. Particular classes of algorithms such as sorting searching will be studied in detail. Pre-Requisites: CMSC 106 or 107 or B206, and 231; Enrollment Limit: 24; Lottery Preferences: 1.) Senior Computer Science Majors; 2.) Senior Computer Science Minors; 3.) Junior Computer Science Majors and Senior Computer Science Concentrators; 4.) Sophomores and Freshmen; 5.) Others Natural Science (NA) 1 credit Fall 2016. 

Health Studies/Independent College Programs H225 | Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics | Vaccaro
How do we read, record and write histories and practices of sexual difference–in the archives, a queer bar, or an art gallery? This seminar examines the relationship between queer politics and archival methods. Together we will both study and theorize the study of gender and sexuality as intersecting with the personal investments of identity politics.Through organized visits to archives and special collections, students will learn practical and conceptual strategies for pursuing research in sexuality studies; we will then shift into an exploration of counter archives, paying special attention to ephemeral objects, material culture, digital media, quotidian aesthetics, and subcultural scenes in the making of queer knowledge. The exhibition Bring Your Own Body (Cantor Fitzgerald Galley, October 21—December 16, 2016) will serve as a both case study and laboratory, with programming augmenting class readings. Cross-listed: Independent College Programs; Peace, Justice, and Human Rights; Health Studies; Enrollment Limit: 25. Lottery Preference(s): Gender/Sexuality and Peace/Justice/Human Rights Concentrators. Humanities. 1 credit. Fall 2016. 

History H269 | The History of Mapping/Mapping History:  From Ptolemy to Geographic Informations Systems | Gliserman
This course explores the social, ideological, and political implications of maps throughout human history while teaching the technical and critical thinking skills necessary for extracting geospatial data from historical maps using ArcGIS, an advanced computer mapping program. There are two primary objectives here. First, this course provides a long overview of historical development by using maps as entry points into the worldviews, spatial practices, aesthetic principles, environmental attitudes, and conceptions about knowledge of a diverse number of human societies across time and space. Second, students will learn many methods for approaching, analyzing, and evaluating historical and contemporary maps. Humanities. 1 credit. Fall 2016.



CPSC 021 | Introduction to Computer Science | Staff
This course presents fundamental ideas in computer science while building skills in software development. Students implement algorithms as programs in a high-level programming language. Introducing object-oriented programming and data structures allows students to construct correct, understandable, and efficient algorithms. CPSC 031 and CPSC 035 present a deeper coverage of these topics. CPSC 021 is appropriate for all students who want to be able to write programs. It is the usual first course for computer science majors and minors. Students with Advanced Placement credit or extensive programming experience may be able to place out of this course. Students who think that they may fall into this latter category should consult with any computer science faculty member.  Lab work required. Natural sciences and engineering practicum. 1 credit.

CPSC 040 | Computer Graphics | Danner
Computer graphics focuses on the creation and manipulation of digital imagery. We cover the modeling, rendering, and animating of geometric object in two (2D) and three (3D) dimensions. Topics include drawing algorithms for 2D geometric primitives (points, lines, polygons), geometric matrix transformations, projective geometry, geometric object representations, hidden surface removal, hierarchical modeling, shading, lighting, shadows, ray-tracing, procedural (non-geometric) modeling, texture mapping, and animation. Labs will explore various tools for rendering graphics, including pixel buffers, OpenGL, shading languages, and general purpose GPU computing. Lab work required.
Prerequisite: CPSC 031, CPSC 035 and Linear Algebra required or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: (Linear Algebra may be taken concurrently.). Natural sciences and engineering practicum.
Cross-listed as ENGR 026. 1 credit.

CPSC 041 | Algorithms | Brody
The study of algorithms is useful in many diverse areas. As algorithms are studied, considerable attention is devoted to analyzing formally their time and space requirements and proving their correctness. Topics covered include abstract data types, trees (including balanced trees), graphs, searching, sorting, NP complete optimization problems, and the impact of several models of parallel computation on the design of algorithms and data structures.   Prerequisite: CPSC 035 required. Mathematics background at the level of Linear Algebra or higher is required (may be taken concurrently).  Natural sciences and engineering. 1 credit. Fall 2016. 

ENGL/HIST #TBA | Distant Reading Independent Study | Burke, Buurma
Theory, practice, and critique of the creation and analysis of text corpora considered in the context of methods of literary and historical studies. We will focus on questions of scale, evidence, disciplinarity, and materiality.

ENGR 015A. Digital Systems and Computer Engineering Fundamentals | Cheever
This course introduces students to digital systems theory and design techniques, including number systems, logic gates, minimization, sequential logic, and state machines. Modeling and analysis of digital systems will be enabled through the use of the Verilog hardware description language. The course includes a laboratory.  Prerequisite: None. Note: this class may be taken before or after ENGR 015B .  0.5 credit.

ENGR 015B | Design of Digital and Embedded Systems | Cheever
This hands-on course focuses on the use of computer hardware in the physical world, including topics such as analog and digital I/O, sensors, actuators, and design of embedded systems. Students will gain experience in programming and debugging microcontrollers using a compiled language such as C or C++. The course includes a laboratory.  Prerequisite: None. Note: This class may be taken before or after ENGR 015A .  0.5 credit.

FMST 001 | Introduction to Film and Media Studies | Rehak, Simon
In this course students are introduced to forms and histories of film and other moving-image media, as well as to key concepts, theories, and methods in the discipline of film and media studies. We begin with analysis of the elements of film form; explore narrative, documentary, experimental and genre formats; and conclude with perspectives on authorship, national cinema, historiography, and topics in film and media theory. Emphasis is on developing writing, analytical, and research skills. Required weekly evening screenings of works from diverse periods, countries, and traditions. FMST 001 is the prerequisite for most upper-level FMST classes. Humanities. 1 credit.

FMST 009 | Women and Popular Culture | White
This course looks at a range of genres associated with female audiences in the US since the late 19th century across print, film, television, and new media. These include sentimental novels, gothic romances, magazines, “women’s pictures,” soaps, chick flicks, fanfic and Tumblr. What is the relation between mass culture aimed at women, cultural production by women, and feminist politics and critique? How do race, class, gender identity, and sexuality intersect with gendered genre conventions, discourses of authorship and critical evaluation, and the paradoxes of popular cultural pleasures?  
Humanities. Writing course.  1 credit.

FMST 036 | History and Theory of Video Games | Rehak
This course investigates the video game medium from its earliest incarnation in hackers’ prankish exploits to the latest in AAA and indie publishing, drawing on a variety of texts and perspectives as well as on play, analysis, and creation of video games themselves to build a portrait not just of games, gamers, and gaming, but of a unique moment in the evolution of contemporary digital media. After establishing a basic conceptual vocabulary for thinking, speaking, and writing about video games, we will shift our attention to the broader contexts and cultural functions of video gaming – as commercial and transmedia entities; as spaces for the forging of identity and sociality; and as objects of fandom and instruments of ideology. As this is a hybrid course that emphasizes making as learning, our final project will involve creating games that make critical arguments. Required weekly out-of-class gaming and viewing assignments.  Humanities. 1 credit.

FMST 046 | Queer Media | White
The history of avant-garde and experimental media has been intertwined with that of gender non-conformity and sexual dissidence. Queer theory has developed in relation to queer film texts and cultures. How do lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (lgbt) filmmakers queer sexual norms and standard media forms? Challenging classic Hollywood’s heterosexual presumption and mass media appropriations of lgbt culture, we will examine lgbt aesthetic strategies and modes of address in contexts such as the American and European avant-gardes, AIDS activism, and transnational and diasporan film.  Humanities. 1 credit. Eligible for FMST, GSST, INTP

FMST 102 | Convergence | Rehak
This honors seminar explores the cultures and content of the contemporary mediascape through formal, technological, and political lenses, reading emergent paradigms such as virality, paratextuality, and collective intelligence against equivalent historical moments of media evolution. Particular attention will be paid to the concepts of “the digital”; rhetorics of revolution and continuity; and the intersection of information, entertainment, and capitalism within a dominant episteme of new media. Course majors and other students with relevant background can apply for instructor’s approval to take the seminar.  2 credits.

HIST 140 | Colonial Encounter in Africa | Burke 
Students focus on the social, economic, and cultural dimensions of the colonial era in modern Africa. Includes work with digital methods.  2 credits. Eligible for BLST.

PEAC 053 | Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Atshan

This course will examine the historical underpinnings of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how they have shaped the contemporary context in Israel/Palestine. We will approach this from a demography and population-studies framework in order to understand the trajectories and heterogeneity of Israeli and Palestinian societies and politics. For instance, how has the relationship between race and period of migration to Israel impacted Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Israeli sub-populations differently? What explains divergent voting patterns between Palestinian Christians and Muslims over time? How can we measure inequality between Israeli settlers and Palestinian natives in the West Bank in the present? The course will also synthesize competing theoretical paradigms that account for the enduring nature of this conflict. This includes-but is not limited to-the scholarly contributions of realist political scientists, U.S. foreign policy experts, social movements theorists, security sector reformers, human rights advocates, international law experts, and negotiations and conflict resolution practitioners. Includes work in analysis of social media.  Class capped at 35 students.  Social Sciences. 1 credit. Eligible for PEAC POLS ISLM


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