Health and Science

The Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) at our School of Communication is devoted to policy studies on science, technology, and innovation, while many of the school’s programs and courses also engage with health and science. The digital arts and user experience design skills that our students in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology learn are highly applicable to the health sector and other areas of scientific inquiry.

Selected programs

The programs below are a sample of the many offerings across our faculty. 

Bachelor of Arts — Communication Major

A major in communication provides students with a foundation in critical thinking, reading, and analysis in the field of communication that allows them to study the cultures, histories, technologies, and ideologies of the media and communication infrastructures in our society. These structures inform and shape the way that knowledge and discoveries in the areas of health and science are framed and shared with the public. Communications students are equipped to meaningfully participate in, question, and redefine these structures as they move into careers in diverse fields.  

Bachelor of Science — Interactive Arts and Technology Major

The BSc program in our School of Interactive Arts and Technology offers an opportunity to work with a variety of media and digital technology involved in the health and science fields. With their skills in user experience design, web development, and graphic design, students are encouraged to take their studies in a direction that most interests them and to collaborate with their peers and instructors while building a portfolio of impressive work.

Selected courses

The courses below are just a few of the many offerings related to art and design across our faculty.

CMNS 446 - Communication, Science and Technology

Exploring the relationship between power, politics, and science; this course investigates stakeholders such as scientists, entrepreneurs, technologists, activists, policy-makers and their world-wide institutional contexts. Student also compare global flows of science and technology through governmental, non-government, and transnational organizations; and examine representations of science and technology in media systems and international development programs.

IAT 334 - Interface Design

This course introduces students to the art and design of human-computer interfaces, design methods, prototyping and evaluation of user interfaces. Students Examine issues of interactivity and its relation to human contexts and technological systems. The role of aesthetic, symbolic, affective and cultural factors is assessed in concert with scientific and technological issues. Primarily focused on visual interfaces on computer monitors and hand-held devices, the course culminates with considerations of increasingly physical interactions in ubiquitous environments.

IAT 803 - Science, Technology & Culture

This graduate level course introduces students to the core values of interdisciplinary scholarship through engagement with history, theory and practice in the study of science, technology, society and culture. An investigation of theoretical and historical references in science and technology, the course offers a study of the broader societal implications of technologies.

IAT 813 - Artificial Intelligence in Computational Art and Design

Students are introduced to applications of computational intelligence to art and design through a set of motivating examples in this graduate course. Specific areas of application that are examined include knowledge representation, problem solving, rule-based systems, ontologies and statistical reasoning.