From robots to migration: new fall courses
For the autumn 2019 semester, Bachelor and Master students at EPFL will be able to register for some exciting new interdisciplinary courses in the College of Humanities.
The Social and Human Sciences (SHS) program offers around 150 courses on a broad range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences, and is an integral part of all EPFL Bachelor and Master study plans. This fall, several new courses will be given that reflect pressing contemporary social issues as well as cutting-edge humanities research, and that offer essential materials and skills for students in any field of science, technology or engineering.
Here are some highlights:
- The Ethics of Robots: This English-language course will be taught by SHS lecturer Johan Rochel, co-founder of the Zurich-based Lab for Innovation Ethics. Students will learn how to define a robot, and how to evaluate ethical and legal challenges related to the increasing use of robotic technologies in many areas of society. As part of this interactive course, students will participate in critical class discussions, evaluating texts and engaging in debates about them together. The course will also draw upon relevant robot-related issues as depicted in the arts, for example in movies and television.
- Heritage, Digitization and Collaborative Projects: Students in this French-language course, taught by CDH Senior Scientist Florence Graezer Bideau as well as Alexandre Camus and Alain Dufaux from the EPFL Cultural Heritage and Innovation Center, will have the chance to actively participate in the Montreux Jazz Digital Project, which aims to digitize and curate audiovisual archives from the world-famous music festival.
During the fall portion of this two-part course, students will participate in practical exercises via workshops to learn about this digital humanities project, acquiring skills in digital publishing, sound recording, web editing, and social science methods such as interviews. In the spring, they will use their new skills to participate directly in the Montreux Jazz Digital Project by collecting audio testimonials from festival participants, and editing and publishing them on the project’s web platform.
- Governing Global Migration: This course will be taught in English by SHS lecturer Madeleine Dungy, and is the first SHS course to address one of the most controversial issues in international politics today: migration.
Students will investigate key migration politics topics from a historical perspective, including refugee protection, labor mobility, and regional integration. Patterns of migration across borders, as well as political efforts to regulate them throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, will also be explored.
Célia Lutherbacher, CDH
> FULL LIST OF NEW SHS COURSES: www.epfl.ch/schools/cdh/fr/formations-offertes/shs/rechercher-un-cours/
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