Jun 20, 2014 12:30 PM
13-20 June 2014 – 10.30am – 12.30pm
S2, Alison Richard Building, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
(except 16 June when the course takes place in S3)
The class will be composed of graduate students from a mix of disciplines, including arts, humanities, social sciences and technology. Students will work in pairs or small groups, each with at least one technology student who will provide an element of peer-tutoring in basic programming skills. No previous programming experience is required for humanities and social science researchers.
Although students will acquire basic programming skills, the software applications are expected to challenge conventional assumptions regarding the purpose and function of interactive digital systems. Those challenges should be grounded in rigorous critical thinking, drawing on diverse theoretical perspectives. Exemplars can be found in programmes such as Matt Ratto's Critical Making, Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby's Critical Design and Phoebe Sengers' Reflective Design.
When taken for credit (not available in 2014), assessment will be based on a working prototype, accompanied by a critical essay of no more than 2000 words. The tutorial contributions from technology students will be recognised with teaching credit, as an honorary (unpaid) Demonstrator appointment. Research publications, conference presentations, blog entries or online video resulting from the joint work are also encouraged. In these cases, contributors should usually be acknowledged via multiple authorship.