Most of the time I am complaining about too many students, now I find myself in the odd position of complaining about not enough. It turns out that my surveillance seminar only has 3 people enrolled in it. I guess the UB cancels seminars with less than 5. The chair of the department said not to worry much about it, but the fact is that with only three of us there, it won’t be much of a seminar! I am thinking I may roll it into the RING project. I’ll have to get emails out to the three who signed up to let them know.
I thought teaching a course on surveillance would be pretty popular, especially given the current political environment. Part of the problem was scheduling conflicts with two required courses. But I think part of the problem is that I have a reputation, perhaps fair, of assigning a lot of work. Anyway, I’m going to teach a techy class next year aimed mainly at the MI students. At least that should get some comers.
Another possibility is “the philosophical foundations of com theory.” I’ve talked to a bunch of grad students who have said that they wished they had been able to get a better grounding in basic social theory. This becomes especially evident when our students go to sociology or political science, and find names being tossed around without really understanding what those names mean. But given that I am married to 515 (Communication Theories) next year, I don’t know that I want to teach another theories course.
So, I guess it will be: “Programming for Informaticians.” :)