FALL 2013

Gateway to the Digital Humanities (IDEP  2401 {241})

Eric L. Chown 
Pamela M. Fletcher

Nearly every day, we read news articles about how big data and computational methods such as mapping and network analysis are changing financial markets, political campaigning, and higher education.  Similarly, these transformations are happening in the study of the humanities, offering new ways to think about literature, art, history, and other humanities subjects. In this course, we will explore the possibilities, limitations, and implications of using computation to study the humanities. What sorts of questions can be asked and answered using computational methods? How do these methods complement and sometimes challenge traditional methodologies in the humanities? What are the primary tools and methods currently being used in the digital humanities? The first half of the course will provide an overview of methods, tools and projects in the Digital Humanities; the second half of the course will be devoted to building and using such tools in our own digital humanities projects, based on student interests and expertise. Students will leave the course with both some substantive experience in computational methods, and a critical lens for understanding and evaluating what computers can (and cannot) bring to the study of history and culture.

VAC-Beam Classroom  
M  11:30  12:55
W  11:30  12:55

Lab Section L 1
M 2:30 3:55

Course Syllabus (PDF) PDF