SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentCollege of Communication Specialized Subjects for Freshman and Sophomore Majors
Course NameVisual Narrative and Science Communication
InstructorLIN LING-YUAN
Credit3.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule












































































































Week



Date



Reading Assignment



1



Feb. 19



Course introduction



Realistic Representation: perspective drawing; camera obscura



2



Feb. 26



Workshop: making perspective drawings



3



Mar. 4



Reading: “Visualisation and cognition” (1) by Latour



4



Mar. 11



Reading: “Visualisation and cognition” (2) by Latour



5



Mar. 18



Presentation and group discussion



Early Optic Toys: from geometrical optics to physiological optics



6



Mar. 25



Workshop: making optical toys using the notion of afterimages



7



April 1



Reading: “Techniques of the Observer” (1) by Crary



8



April 8



Reading “Techniques of the Observer” (2) by Crary



9



April 15



Presentation and group discussion



Re-thinking Seeing and Knowing



10



April 22



Workshop: making stereoscopic images



11



April 29



Reading: “Techniques of the Observer” (3) by Crary



12



May 6



Reading: “Knowing how we know” by Maturana & Varela



13



May 13



Presentation and group discussion



14



May 20



(University anniversary day)



15



May 27



Project development day



16



June 3



Project development day



17



June 10



Project development day



18



June 17



Final project presentation



Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading

Course expectation



Students will:




  • Read assignments, and participate in class discussion.

  • Do hands-on works and reflect upon the experience.

  • Write a short essay, prepare and give an oral presentation/demonstration on selected topics of vision and science.



 



























Assessment Tasks



Weighing



Class discussion



20%



In-class presentation



30%



Reflective writing



30%



Final project (essay + demonstration)



20%




 


Textbook & Reference

Reading assignments should be completed prior to class. They are taken from texts below:




  1. Latour, Bruno (1986). Visualisation and cognition: drawing things together. Knowledge and Society: Studies in the Sociology of Culture and Present, 6: 1-40.

  2. Crary, Jonathan (1992). Techniques of the Observer: on vision and modernity in the nineteenth century. MA: The MIT press.

  3. Maturana, Humberto & Varela, Francisco (1987). Knowing how we know, in The Tree of Knowledge: the biological roots of human understanding. Boston & London: Shambhala.


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