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Spring 2017-2018
* HUM 346 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Digital Humanities

Jim Casey

This class will explore the public digital humanities. How can the humanities draw on data visualization, mapping and other digital tools? How can those kinds of tools help us to communicate complex ideas to public audiences? How might we engage questions of social justice by balancing the neat precision of digital tools with the messiness of our cultures, histories and identities? Final projects will pair collaborative teams with real-world datasets. Datasets may range in subject from social media during recent protests to debates about how to store, organize, and access our cultural heritages through archives and other public memory sites.

Sample reading list:
Lauren Klein & Matthew Gold (eds.), Debates in the Digital Humanities
Jessica Marie Johnson & Mark Anthony Neal (eds.), "Black Code" Special Issue of Black Scholar
Dan Cohen & Roy Rosenzweig, Digital History: A Guide (selections)
Miriam Posner, What's Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of DH?
Johanna Drucker, Humanites Approaches to Graphical Display
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings will explore critical and public approaches to the digital humanities. Written assignments will include short responses, practice writing grant proposals, and a final project. Course will offer training on methods for data analysis and visualization (e.g. maps, graphs, or networks). No prior experience needed. For final projects, students will work in teams to create digital stories, exhibits, and visualizations of datasets supplied by external groups and organizations.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Design Project - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other information:
Fulfills a course requirement for the certificate in interdisciplinary Humanistic Studies.

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ugrd Only 3
Sophomores Only 3
Juniors Only 3
HUM Certificate Students Only 3


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42723 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th        Enrolled:9 Limit:16