Mathematics and its Environment
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2021/22 
Vakcode  WMMA01305 
Vaknaam  Mathematics and its Environment 
Niveau(s)  master 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester I b 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Mathematics and its Environment  
Leerdoelen  After finishing the course, students are able to 1) set up a research project on the position of mathematics as a scientific discipline, with strong societal relevance, a) asking research questions with a historical, policy or scientific background, b) processing information which helps understanding problems in a limited amount of time, c) finding relevance for a research project outside the field of mathematics, but with relation to that field. 2) present some provocative thoughts on specific highlights of 20th century mathematics, a) giving short presentations on newly acquired knowledge relating to the current state of mathematics, b) defending ideas on the position of mathematics in society, c) discussing the use and position of mathematics in academia. 3) take active part in discussions on the present position of mathematics in both society and in academia, a) challenging set concepts on the position of mathematics, b) challenging ideas on the working of academia in public 4) relate how academics skills and knowledge on mathematics can be of use to other disciplines, both inside and outside academia, a) reviewing their own work on mathematics in relation to its position within academia, b) the work of peers on the position of mathematics within academia 

Omschrijving  Students study the environment of modern mathematics. They learn to set up focused and limited research projects to acquire information on specific subjects and produce position pieces. The course is a combination of short lectures, in which the teachers introduce topics from mathematics education, ethics concerning the use of mathematics as well as functioning in academia, and the nature of mathematics. Students will give their own views on these topics in a series of short presentations. These presentations are the basis for discussions and assignments both inside and outside the classroom. Starting with four broad themes, all groups of 4 students are obliged to present their own findings on four broad themes (Proof, Problem Solving, Mathematical Literacy, Ethics). The next theme is not fixed, but may be chosen freely within the framework of Mathematics and its Environment. After this, the teachers will introduce a further topic (Mathematics and Communication). Students are encouraged and expected to actively contribute to the discussions and assignments in every class meeting. A thorough preparation of the assigned reading is essential for this. Students are also expected to contribute through modern media. All students will (1) give two short presentations on two different subjects. (2) Write a position piece (Blog/Facebook/Social Mediastyle). (3) write a position paper on a subject relating to the general theme of the course. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Presence during all lectures and tutorials is mandatory.) 

Toetsvorm 
Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(Two oral presentations (total 25% of final grad), a position piece (total 25% of final grade), a final academic position paper (total 50% of final grade). The average of all marks should be higher than a 5.5. Non of the marks should be lower than 5 (if that is the case a reparation assignment can be required).) 

Vaksoort  master  
Coördinator  Dr. A. Mali  
Docent(en)  Dr. A. Mali  
Entreevoorwaarden  The course builds on knowledge of the bachelor course Mathematics & Society: Ethical and Professional Aspects  
Opmerkingen  
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