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Communications and Design

  Psychology of creativity
The course focuses on psychological aspects of creativity which are presented on physiological, cognitive, emotional, and motivational levels. In the course, attention will be paid to each of these levels of creativity. Students will get familiar with a number of methods which are used for the assessment of individual creativity. One more important factor of individual creativity is encouraging environment which enhances individual creative abilities. In this context, some forms of group creativity will be considered within this course. 


  The Synsemic approach to the design of information visualization 
The main goal of this course is to guide students through a theoretical and methodological perspective that will enable them to conceptualize and sketch visual artifacts to communicate effectively information. 
This perspective, recently introduced but based on consolidated theories and analysis, is defined as “synsemia” and it sees the domain of words, graphics, and images as an integrated system of expression.
The course brings a theoretical paradigm to the ground and provides design principles and analytical tools that can be, and have been extensively, applied in multiple kinds of information visualization projects. 

 

  The History of Technological Development in Society 
The course studies how technological and societal development have influenced and nourished each other. The lectures cover episodes of mechanization, communications, electronics, computers, power & energy, or military technology. 


  Journalism and International Environment
This course gives the main information about the role of the journalism as profession and practical activity in international relations and international environment (mainly focused on international relations and international policy). The objective of this course is to solidity the skills of the students that they acquired during the courses that give them an overview of modern international trends in various topics. Thus course mostly focuses on the development of various media platfroms and modern media outlets. The course gives students an opportunity to track the media development in social networks and alternative platforms. Special attention will be paid to the development of the story ideas in various English-speaking outlets.