9 December 2004 Teaching art and history to photonics students
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New curricula tend to be more interdisciplinary than before. In this way, students coming from different areas may follow courses with topics formerly located in careers without previous common interests. Moreover, their knowledge in other fields different from the major they choose is very deficient and, in some cases, they do not feel interest for them. The case to be reported in this paper is the teaching of topics involving the relation among Photonics, its history, the international situation and the artistic movements in each period. Two courses following these lines have been taught in the last years in the Telecommunication School, UPM, by the Photonics Department. One of them is related with the History of Optical Communications and their relation with social movements and international relations. The other one deals with the different artistic avant-gardes in the beginning of the XX century and how they got influences from the technological advances during that time. Most of the students come from a Communications major and the problem is the way to introduce them in topics located in a humanistic area. Moreover, some students from other field as Architecture are going to come in the next years and they have not acquired any knowledge about Photonics before. Some ways to handle this situation will be reported in this paper.
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Jose Antonio Martin-Pereda, Jose Antonio Martin-Pereda, } "Teaching art and history to photonics students", Proc. SPIE 5578, Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Astronomy, Biomedicine, Imaging, Materials Processing, and Education, (9 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567333; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.567333

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