A propedeutic exam of any Bachelor’s program.
Elective students: please contact the study advisor of your Bachelor’s program for information on enrollment.
Our culture is increasingly a visual culture. This holds also for science. Advanced imaging technologies have created novel possibilities to visualize large amounts of data that facilitate scientific analysis. This course delves into the various ways in which visual tools and media are shaping knowledge and objectivity, and how they have done that in the past. It would seem that with the help of user-friendly tools and a minimum of effort, science can be enhanced with gorgeous images – as beautiful and engaging as they are accurate and precise. Using examples from neuroimaging and bibliometric mapping, we will discuss why scientific images are not merely illustrations to scholarly texts, but are crucial to the way objects and data are disclosed and made analyzable.
To understand the historical role of visual material in science and scholarship;
To grasp how images support and shape the notion of scientific objectivity;
To explore current visualizations and their role in data analysis;
To understand the implications of imaging technologies for the practice of science and scholarship.
- Lectures + Working group meetings:
Friday October 30th – December 11th from 10.00 hours until 13.00 hours in room 1A37 Pieter de La Court Building
Obligatory attendance of the lectures and work groups;
Written open question examination;
A short presentation (together with 2 other students).
We will use blackboard as communication platform for lecture notes, assignments and announcements.
De Rijcke, S. & Beaulieu, A. (2014). Networked Neuroscience. Brain scans and visual knowing at the intersection of atlases and databases.
In: New Representations in Scientific Practice, Coopmans, C., Lynch, M., Vertesi, J. & Woolgar, S. (eds), MIT Press.
Van Eck, N.J., & Waltman, L. (2010). Software survey: VOSviewer, a computer program for bibliometric mapping. Sciencemetrics, 84(2), 523-538.
Additional readings will be made available via Blackboard or through the Leiden University Library.
Registration is open from May 1st until August 15 2015. The course catalogue code is 6000MSCTSN, activity number 1322
Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 40 students. Admission is based on the students’ qualifications + a first come, first served basis.
Students from other universities will need permission to register.
Please send an e-mail to Inge van der Weijden at firstname.lastname@example.org
This also holds for Exchange and Study Abroad students. For more information please see the “Prospective students website”: http://www.prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/programmes/study-abroad/
Dr. Inge van der Weijden, coordinator minor StiS, email@example.com, 071-5276073