In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the mathematics of fractals ? sets whose geometry cannot easily be described in classical terms. There's no simple definition but all fractals have a highly intricate structure. Many fractals contain copies of themselves at many different scales, and computer pictures have shown that such sets (which are often very beautiful) are a very good representation of shapes of natural phenomena such as clouds, mountains and ferns. This module deals with the theory of fractals and their geometry, and looks at examples to which the theory can be applied.
Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move from a vague idea, to a concept, and then to a realised product, service or system. This free course, Innovation through representation, explores what innovation is and how representations are used to develop and communicate visions of innovation.
There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false delusion completely out of place. However, religion still arouses passion and causes controversy; it controls and transforms lives. An informed understanding of the contemporary world thus requires an appreciation of the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on the social as well as on the personal life of the individual. This free course, Religion today: Themes and issues, gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.
New research in America suggests that characters like Laverne Cox's Sophia Burset in Orange Is The New Black may have more impact on how society reacts to transgender people, than the reported experiences of real people. Erica L Rosensthal and Traci Gillig share some of their findings.
This free course provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society, politics and culture of Wales, providing a wealth of up-to-date evidence that is organised around core social science concepts and theories, to help you make sense of a changing nation.
When Selfridges is clearing space to make a genderfluid display space, and Will Young is working with trans actors, transgender people might seem to be riding a wave into the heart of the mainstream. But, says Ray Fillar, until the media goes deeper than just jumping on the transwagon, we've still a long way to go.
This month, both EastEnders and Hollyoaks are introducing transgender characters played by transgender actors. At the same time, Tangerine has brought a tale of transgender friendship to the big screen. Are depictions of gender queer people finally catching up with their realities?