Minor in Digital Humanities (4.0 credits)
The Minor is open to all undergraduate students not in the English BA Honours Concentration in Creative Writing or the English BA Honours Concentration in Drama Studies.
Course Descriptions Fall 2020/Winter 2021
DIGH 2001A/ENGL 2400A Introduction to Digital Humanities (Fall)
Professor Christopher Eaket
DIGH 2002/ENGL 2401 “Media Stories” (Winter)
New technologies have always given rise to new stories about the world and each other, along with new ways of telling those stories. Yet, in today’s “post-truth” world, digital media are evolving faster than ever before, and outstripping our conventional means of evaluating and understanding them.
This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the digital world through Digital Humanities theories and methods. We will draw upon various perspectives within the field to explore the cultural, social, political and legal implications of new digital platforms (such as Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Steam), processes (such as digital visualization and fabrication), and artifacts (including digital stories, videos and games).
In weekly lectures and discussions, we will examine stories and issues that foreground crowdsourcing, activism, online memes, maker culture, artificial intelligence, and other forms of digital cultural production. Students will also have the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of user-friendly tools and techniques for practices such as social media analysis, 3D modelling, video editing and game design.
No prior programming or design experience is required. Assignments may include critical assessments of digital media artifacts, collaborative projects and presentations, and a capstone essay or project.
Prerequisites: second-year standing.
DIGH 2035R/SOCI 2035R Technology Culture and Society (Fall)
DIGH 2705A/SOCI 2705A Popular Culture in the Digital Age (Winter)
Instructor: Samuel McCready
DIGH 4002 / ENGL 4125: Digital Culture and the Text I (Winter)
Topic: “Technology and Dystopia”
A survey of utopian narratives about media and technology.
This seminar will explore the role of technology in utopian and dystopian thought and expression. We will examine both new and old technological media in relation to literary narratives, intentional communities, networked media, social movements, digital platforms and games, progressive politics and popular subcultures, in order to determine how technological change (both real and imagined) continue to inspire utopian hope and shape communal identities. We will also explore new tools for textual and cultural analysis, simulation, and modeling in order to evaluate the discourses (whether hopeful or apocalyptic) that attend these new literary and scholarly media, and to better understand the history and future of the utopian genre.
Prerequisites: DIGH 2002 or ENGL 2401 and fourth-year standing, or permission of the English Department.