Learning Goals With Our Interdisciplinary Approach
The goals of the course are to provide students with a new interdisciplinary knowledge base that allows us to reconnect meaning, technology, and human agency. Our main framework for inquiry comes from semiotics and pragmatism–learning by working with the discovery principles (heuristics) for integrative knowledge-building on the main questions. The course will build an integrative perspective at the points where computer science, interface design, linguistics and semiotics, complexity and systems thinking, cognitive science, and design thinking all intersect. Students will develop a conceptual understanding of the design principles of computing and digital information as “technologies of meaning,” and be able to use the principles for critiquing current designs, proposing alternatives, and opening up new opportunities for participating in the direction of technologies in their chosen fields and career paths. We will study important new research on computation, information, communication, interface design, and principles of agency and action that can help us better understand computing and software, but, even more important, enable us to conceive and create alternatives to current designs.