AI & Sci-Fi: Fall 2015 syllabus for Humanism, Science, and Technology

Faculty are given a lot of latitude when developing our sections for the liberal arts capstone class at LaGuardia, Humanism, Science, and Technology. The original impetus for this class was that I really, really wanted an excuse to teach the Battlestar Galactica reboot; that, and the theme dovetails with the NEH faculty seminar I was part of last year and will join again this coming year, Technology, Self, and Society. It pains me to say this, but BSG did not make the final cut: there were so many other excellent sci-fi films/shows suggested by colleagues and friends that more directly engaged with the debates surrounding technology and artificial intelligence. Students will also create a design plan for and then execute a multimedia project that draws on our class readings, viewings, and discussions (and, I hope, some of the genre conventions we’ve encountered as well).

I played with Piktochart for the first time to make the class syllabus (they have a discount for educators) – the course schedule (still very much under construction) is linked in the syllabus. Many thanks to Scott Dexter, Frank Episale,  Robert Davis, Annie Dell’Aria, Joy Sanchez-Taylor, Elisa Legon, Christopher Schimdt, Carlos Hiraldo, Karina Hamalainen, C. Jason Smith, and Phyllis van Slyck for their crowd-sourced suggestions on Facebook – sorry I couldn’t squeeze everything into the class, folks! The semester doesn’t start until September, if anyone feels more changes are merited.

Share on Facebook16Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePrint this page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *