Academics
Summer 2020

Summer 2020

This summer, learn how to critically analyze and help shape developments in new media. Digital media profoundly shape our lives: social media, apps, software and networked devices have transformed almost every area of work and play. The Berkeley Center for New Media Summer Certificate provides students with skills and knowledge that are essential for a career in tech, media, and related fields. This summer, think critically about how digital media impact our culture, from how media relate to the representation of race, gender, and identity, to how new technologies impact democracy worldwide.

NWMEDIA R1B-001, 4 units

Robots and the Global Imagination

Juliana Friend

Summer Session C | MTWR 2-4pm | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

This course examines human-robot relations in an international perspective. From humanoid robots controlling traffic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to gender-bending robots in Japanese Manga, how do artists and engineers imagine robots’ impact on society? How do robots reflect and shape notions of race and national belonging? Have robots and artificial intelligence changed what it means to be human?

This course bridges science and the arts. You will explore robot technoscapes in international film, literature, art, and video games. You will also tour robotics labs and hear from guest speakers in engineering and design.