Interdisciplinarity I

Credits: 10

Description

Interdisciplinarity is an advanced method of research that requires a unique set of skills. Unlike multidisciplinarity, this kind of research originally integrates different methodologies and blurs the lines between disciplines.  

In 2018-2019, this module will look primarily at the topic of truth and post-truth in the age of big data.  How can we recognise the truth? In an age of big data, our interests and values have been commodified and exploited, and with accelerated communication, fake news can be disseminated without accountability. Experts will deliver classes about the uses and manipulation of language, statistical data, and other attempts to persuade in scenarios where ‘truth’ becomes increasingly ambiguous and contested.  

The class will create an inventory identifying examples of fake news that occur during the semester.