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Sciences & Humanities


Admission Requirements

Bachelor diploma


Most people know Pythagoras, Copernicus, Darwin, Einstein, or Crick, and are probably able to indicate in a few words what their main discoveries are. But who can do the same for Panini, Scaliger, Whorf, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Propp, or Foucault? First, this course focuses on discoveries across both the humanities and sciences that have impacted on the way we see the world throughout the ages. What were the methods used by the great minds who made these discoveries, and what were their motives and drivers?

Next, the focus shifts to the current divide in the academic world between scientists and humanists. The “two cultures” will be investigated from a historical and science-philosophical perspective, as well as through hands-on experience. Students with a background in the sciences will engage in a small research project using methods and materials from the humanities, and students with a background in the humanities will take up a small scientific research project. The course concludes with a discussion of opportunities and challenges for “consilience” through multidisciplinary and topic-oriented scholarship.

(Starting in the academic year 2015/2016, this course replaces the prior course “Language & Text”)

Course Objectives

Comprehension of the complexity of language generation and hands-on experience with applications

Time Table

The dates are included in the Media Technology calendar

Mode of Instruction

Lectures and self study

Assessment Method and Grading

Homework assignments (20%), written exam (40%), research project (40%)


Not applicable

Reading List

Study materials will be provided by the lecturer during the course


Via program coordinator Media Technology: Nanda Milbreta, 071-527 6994

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Contact Information

Nanda Milbreta:

Important Links

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