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Special Topic in Visual Culture: Maps, Icons, Diagrams: Visualizing Information
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 10 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).

This 500-level course is a graduate course that reserves space for fourth-year undergraduates with a minimum grade point average of 80%; permission of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies office.
This lecture-seminar course explores the graphic visualizing of information (in maps, graphs, charts, icons, pictographs, and diagrams). It will consider key works and figures in the history of information design alongside conceptual and theoretical issues involved in the graphic expression of information, and examine the complex process of translating information from diverse fields (including economics, political science, history, sociology, geography, mathematics, and epidemiology) into graphic form. It will also explore the role of mapping and data visualization in art and literary practices.
Notes: This "Special Topic" course provides more advanced analysis of a topic of general interest or relevance. This course fulfills 0.5 credit toward the Liberal Studies requirements for a BFA or BDes.
Course was last updated June 22, 2011 - 4:07 PM