Courses tagged with "Information science" (63)

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Starts : 2008-02-01
8 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

Still photography, a practice and form of expression that has worked its way into every facet of social life and every culture in the world, is considered here from the perspectives of history and social science. We will discuss the uses and functions of pictures; how they are to be understood and interpreted; whether they have clear-cut content and meanings; how they shape and are shaped by politics, economics, and social life.

Starts : 2005-09-01
4 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

Using examples from anthropology and sociology alongside classical and contemporary social theory, this course explores the nature of dominant and subordinate relationships, types of legitimate authority, and practices of resistance. The course also examines how we are influenced in subtle ways by the people around us, who makes controlling decisions in the family, how people get ahead at work, and whether democracies, in fact, reflect the "will of the people."

Starts : 2014-01-13
No votes
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In this course, we'll discuss the topic of why human evolution is important to study and understand. This fully online course does not expect you to have any prior background in biological science, but a few foundational concepts in biology will be introduced early on in the course. During this course you will participate in online activities, watch online videos and custom animations, and interact with your peers in collaborative settings.

Starts : 2014-01-13
No votes
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In this course, we'll discuss the topic of why human evolution is important to study and understand. This fully online course does not expect you to have any prior background in biological science, but a few foundational concepts in biology will be introduced early on in the course. During this course you will participate in online activities, watch online videos and custom animations, and interact with your peers in collaborative settings.

Starts : 2004-02-01
14 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course examines one of the most enduring and influential forms of identity and experience in the Americas and Europe, and in particular the ways race and racism have been created, justified, or contested in scientific practice and discourse. Drawing on classical and contemporary readings from Du Bois to Gould to Gilroy, we ask whether the logic of race might be changing in the world of genomics and informatics, and with that changed logic, how we can respond today to new configurations of race, science, technology, and inequality. Considered are the rise of evolutionary racism; debates about eugenics in the early twentieth century; Nazi notions of "racial hygiene"; nation-building projects and race in Latin America; and the movement in modern biology from race to populations to genes and genomes.

Starts : 2010-09-01
9 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Closed [?] Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

Through investigating cross-cultural case studies, this course introduces students to the anthropological study of the social institutions and symbolic meanings of family, household, gender, and sexuality. We will explore the myriad forms that families and households take and evaluate their social, emotional, and economic dynamics.

Starts : 2010-09-01
No votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Closed [?] Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

Through investigating cross-cultural case studies, this course introduces students to the anthropological study of the social institutions and symbolic meanings of family, household, gender, and sexuality. We will explore the myriad forms that families and households take and evaluate their social, emotional, and economic dynamics.

Starts : 2008-02-01
11 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This advanced course in anthropology engages closely with discussions and debates about ethnographic research, ethics, and representation.

Starts : 2015-02-01
No votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course explores the issue of human trafficking for forced labour and sexual slavery, focusing on its representation in recent scholarly accounts and advocacy as well as in other media. Ethnographic and fictional readings along with media analysis help to develop a contextualized and comparative understanding of the phenomena in both past and present contexts. It examines the wide range of factors and agents that enable these practices, such as technology, cultural practices, social and economic conditions, and the role of governments and international organizations. The course also discusses the analytical, moral and methodological questions of researching, writing, and representing trafficking and slavery.

Starts : 2011-09-01
12 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information environments Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course covers major theorists and theoretical schools since the late 19th century. Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Bourdieu, Levi-Strauss, Geertz, Foucault, Gramsci, and others.

Starts : 2014-09-01
No votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course explores the diverse ways that people teach and learn—in different countries, in different disciplines, and in different subcultures. We will discuss how theories of learning can be applied to a variety of hands-on, in-class learning activities. We compare schooling to other forms of knowledge transmission from initiation and apprenticeship to recent innovations in online education such as MOOCs. Students will employ a range of qualitative methods in conducting original research on topics of their choice.

Starts : 2006-09-01
18 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Closed [?] Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course examines relationships among technology, culture, and politics in a variety of social and historical settings ranging from 19th century factories to 21st century techno dance floors, from colonial Melanesia to capitalist Massachusetts. We will be interested in whether technology has produced a better world, and for whom.

Starts : 2014-02-01
No votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This subject examines relationships among technology, culture, and politics in a range of social and historical settings. The class is organized around two topics: Identity and infrastructure, and will combine interactive lectures, film screenings, readings, and discussion.

Starts : 2006-09-01
No votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Closed [?] Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course examines relationships among technology, culture, and politics in a variety of social and historical settings ranging from 19th century factories to 21st century techno dance floors, from colonial Melanesia to capitalist Massachusetts. We will be interested in whether technology has produced a better world, and for whom.

Starts : 2009-02-01
7 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Closed [?] Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

If the twentieth century was the century of physics, the twenty-first promises to be the century of biology. This subject examines the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. Although we examine such social concerns as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning, this is not a class in bioethics, but rather an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology — increasingly cellular, molecular, genetic, and informatic — are changing, and with them broader ideas about the relationship between "nature" and "culture." Looking at such cultural artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artificial life models, and using primary sources in biology, social studies of the life sciences, and literary and cinematic materials, we rephrase Erwin Schrödinger's famous 1944 question, "What Is Life?" to ask, in the early 2000s, "What Is Life Becoming?"

Starts : 2009-02-01
13 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information environments Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course explores a range of contemporary scholarship oriented to the study of 'cybercultures,' with a focus on research inspired by ethnographic and more broadly anthropological perspectives. Taking anthropology as a resource for cultural critique, the course will be organized through a set of readings chosen to illustrate central topics concerning the cultural and material practices that comprise digital technologies. We'll examine social histories of automata and automation; the trope of the 'cyber' and its origins in the emergence of cybernetics during the last century; cybergeographies and politics; robots, agents and humanlike machines; bioinformatics and artificial life; online sociality and the cyborg imaginary; ubiquitous and mobile computing; ethnographies of research and development; and geeks, gamers and hacktivists. We'll close by considering the implications for all of these topics of emerging reconceptualizations of sociomaterial relations, informed by feminist science and technology studies.

Starts : 2016-09-01
No votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This course examines the birth and international expansion of an American industry of political marketing. It focuses attention on the cultural processes, sociopolitical contexts and moral utopias that shape the practice of political marketing in the U.S. and in different countries. By looking at the debates and expert practices at the core of the business of politics, the course explores how the "universal" concept of democracy is interpreted and reworked through space and time, while examining how different cultural groups experimenting with political marketing understand the role of citizens in a democracy.

Starts : 2008-02-01
5 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

This class examines the ways humans experience the realm of sound and how perceptions and technologies of sound emerge from cultural, economic, and historical worlds. In addition to learning about how environmental, linguistic, and musical sounds are construed cross-culturally, students learn about the rise of telephony, architectural acoustics, and sound recording, as well as about the globalized travel of these technologies. Questions of ownership, property, authorship, and copyright in the age of digital file sharing are also addressed. A major concern will be with how the sound/noise boundary has been imagined, created, and modeled across diverse sociocultural and scientific contexts. Auditory examples — sound art, environmental recordings, music — will be provided and invited throughout the term.

Starts : 2004-02-01
11 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

In this course the conquest and colonization of the Americas is considered, with special attention to the struggles of native peoples in Guatemala, Canada, Brazil, Panama, and colonial New England. In two segments of the course-one devoted to the Jesuit missionization of the Huron in the 1630s, the other to struggles between the government of Panama and the Kuna between 1900 and 1925-students examine primary documents such as letters, reports, and court records, to draw their own conclusions. Attention focuses on how we know about and represent past eras and other peoples, as well as on the history of struggles between native Americans and Europeans.

Starts : 2004-02-01
7 votes
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Infor Information control Information science Information Theory Nutrition

We begin by considering briefly the evolution of the family, its cross-cultural variability, and its history in the West. We next examine how the family is currently defined in the U.S., discussing different views about what families should look like. Class and ethnic variability and the effects of changing gender roles are discussed in this section. We next look at sexuality, traditional and non-traditional marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, and family policy. Controversial issues dealt with include day care, welfare policy, and the "Family Values" debate.

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