Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course provides an introduction to how science has been, and can be, visualized. It is a multidisciplinary course in being informed by the history and philosophy of science, neuroscience, and different theories associated with cognition, pedagogy, communication, design, and art, as well as ideas about the democratization of science and science communication through both actor-network theory/controversy mapping and co-creation/participatory practice. Throughout, we will combine theory with critical and creative practice. Students will engage with the primary literature as well as online multi-media. Students will have hands-on exercises with specific approaches like infographics and data visualization, as well as tackle transmedia approaches for constructing distributed science narratives. The final project work will investigate ways to graphically represent the complexity of interactions within an issue of science in society.

Evaluations will be based on three components: a series of practical visualization exercises (collectively worth 40% of final grade); reflective engagement with assigned readings and multimedia material (35%); and an individual transmedia project that maps the components and interactions of a contemporary science in society issue (25%). This course will be of interest to a diversity of students, including those interested in communicating science to the public, those interested in issues of science in society, and those interested in visual design and sci-art.


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