COURSE DESCRIPTION 

Curious about what digital humanities is and the types of things digital humanities practitioners do?  Would you like to learn more, but worried you may not have sufficient technical skill to learn some digital humanities techniques? Unsure if this course is for you? If you can use apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok, you can easily learn the different tools and techniques we will be exploring in this course.  If you would like to see the course website from Spring 2019, see https://engl201.opened.ca/ .  The listing in the May 2021 course schedule can be found here.

This course offers students an introduction to the concepts, tools, and techniques of digital humanities, as well as a broader engagement with the intersections between new technologies and society.  

During the term, students will have the opportunity to engage: 

  • Tools and techniques for analyzing source materials, assessing problems, and communicating results common to those working in the discipline of the humanities, 
  • Major computing tools (software, hardware, and peripherals) and techniques used by those working in the digital humanities, focusing on their broad application across the discipline of the humanities, 
  • Electronic research methods and approaches to critical thinking required to find and evaluate electronic sources, 
  • Methods of analyzing humanities research problems in terms of appropriate computing solutions, with an awareness of the potential limitations and benefits of a particular situation, 
  • The social, ethical, legal, and philosophical implications of computing and technology. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES 

By the conclusion of this course, students should learn to: 

  • Collaborate with their peers through use of new technologies 
  • Purposefully read, analyze, and synthesize electronic texts and new media using the appropriate research tools and techniques, 
  • Demonstrate awareness of various strategies used by digital humanities practitioners to interpret history and culture, and 
  • Produce a proof of concept for a new digital humanities project. 

Student work will be evaluated through annotated readings, individual posts made with WordPress at their own web domains,  a project proposal, and a Final Project prototype. Throughout the term, student work will be syndicated to https://engl201.opened.ca/2019/ and will be publicly accessible. 

Students may work collaboratively on the Final Project and Project Proposal.  Assessment and evaluation expectations of collaborative projects will be established in consultation with the instructor of the course. 

CONTACTS 

Have some questions?  Reach out to the instructors: