COMM 305 - Survey of Media Topics
Winter 2022, Section 001 - How do algorithms see?
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 101 and COMM 102 strongly recommended.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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The course explores technologies that utilize computer vision and artificial intelligence. We will consider the new ways that the world is being visually represented through the eyes of computational technology. We will investigate the emerging context of algorithmic decision-making applied to socio-political issues. We will reflect on and critique the corresponding shifts in ethics, power, and accountability of this new algorithmic gaze and agency. 

The course will take the form of theoretical readings, class discussions, writing projects, and practice-based experiments with computer vision and AI systems. We will also look at the work of artists and activists working in this space, and their creative and subversive approaches to critique.

The goal of the course is to theoretically reflect on the intersection of AI and social justice issues in combination with some hands-on proximity to the technology itself. 

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular attendance and participation in discussions sections, timely completion of writing assignments, and active involvement in practice-based experiments. No mid-term, no final exam.

Intended Audience:

The course is accessible to all undergraduate students at all levels and across all departments, including those without a programming or technical background. Tutorials will be provided to work with new software. Students will need a laptop in class.

Class Format:

Fully in-person.


COMM 305 - Survey of Media Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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