Visualizing Science

Vakbeschrijving Visualizing Science
Collegejaar: 2015-2016
Studiegidsnummer: 6420VS13
Docent(en):
  • Dr. S. de Rijcke
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 300
Periode: Semester 1, Blok II
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Wel Contractonderwijs
  • Wel Exchange
  • Wel Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Wel A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Additional Information

Admission requirements

A propedeutic exam of any Bachelor’s program.
Elective students: please contact the study advisor of your Bachelor’s program for information on enrollment.

Description

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.

Course objectives

  • 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.

Timetable

  • 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

Assessment method

  • Obligatory attendance of the lectures and work groups;
  • Written open question examination;
  • A short presentation (together with 2 other students).

Blackboard

We will use blackboard as communication platform for lecture notes, assignments and announcements.

Reading list

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

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 i.c.m.van.der.weijden@cwts.leidenuniv.nl
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/

Contact information

Dr. Inge van der Weijden, coordinator minor StiS, i.c.m.van.der.weijden@cwts.leidenuniv.nl, 071-5276073

Remarks

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