Our Mission

  • To investigate how digital media alters the form of literature and the arts.
  • To help students understand and master new digital literacies.
  • To explore new digital tools for studying and analyzing texts and culture.

The minor in Digital Humanities allows students to explore how new media are changing every aspect of culture and society, including literature and the arts, libraries and archives, politics, law and education. Courses will explore topics such as:

  • the fate of reading and writing in the age of twitter, blogs and e-books
  • how social media is altering our individual and collective identities
  • how digital networks are changing popular culture
  • how to read a million books

Minor Requirements

Approved Electives:

ALDS 3701 [0.5 credit] Corpus Linguistics
Computer-assisted analysis of electronic collections of naturally occurring language. Applications in such areas as language variation, grammar, lexicology, phraseology, translation, and learner language.

Precludes additional credit for LALS 3701 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): third-year standing in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, or in Linguistics, or enrolment in the CTESL program, or permission of the instructor.

CLCV 2305 [1.0 credit] Ancient Science and Technology
The development and application of ancient science and technology in the fields of ancient engineering, machinery, metallurgy, transport, building, agriculture and Hippocratic medicine; the social position of craftsmen and artisans, the attitude of intellectuals to science and manual labour, the effects of slavery. This course is suitable for students with no previous knowledge of Greece or Rome.

Also listed as TSES 2305.
Prerequisite(s): second-year standing or permission of the Department.

COMP 1001 [0.5 credit] Introduction to Computers for the Arts and Social Sciences
This course is intended to give students in the arts and social sciences a working knowledge of computers and their applications; computer fundamentals; use of computing facilities; introduction to graphical user interfaces; a sampling of software packages applied to problems in the arts and social sciences.

Precludes additional credit for COMP 1004. This course cannot be taken for credit by students in Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or Science.

ENGL 1200 [0.5 credit]
Literature, Science, and Technology

An introductory course whose readings focus on the intersections between literature, science, and technology. Topics will vary. Consult the English Department website for the current topic. In conjunction with ENGL 1010, this course satisfies the first-year English requirement.

Precludes additional credit for ENGL 1000, ENGL 1009, ENGL 1100, ENGL 1300, ENGL 1400, FYSM 1004.
Lectures three hours a week.

ENGL 2100 [0.5 credit] Topics in Popular Culture
Study of a selected topic related to popular culture.

Precludes additional credit for ENGL 2101.
Prerequisite(s): second-year standing.

ENGL 2107 [0.5 credit] Science Fiction
A study of the history and traditions of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, and utopia, covering various periods, nationalities, genres, and/or media.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 credit in ENGL at the 1000 level.

ENGL 3401 [0.5 credit] The Book in the Digital Age
A multidisciplinary course focused on the social, economic and political dimensions of the book in its manuscript, print and digital forms.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing and DIGH 2002/ENGL 2401, or permission of the English Department.

FILM 2601 [0.5 credit] Film Genres: The Video Game*
An introduction to the study of video games as a popular media form, an emerging aesthetic, and a social and cultural practice. Topics include: the history of video games, game form, the game industry, narrative, art and design, interactivity, and theories of play. Playing a variety of video games will be an essential component of this course, though no gaming experience or special equipment are required.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 1101 or FILM 1120, or second-year standing, or permission of the Discipline.
Lecture and screening three hours a week, lecture one hour a week.

*Not always offered as such.

FILM 3808 [0.5 credit] Cinema and Technology
The technological development of cinema. Topics may include advances in sound and colour processes, digital effects, exhibition technologies and new media.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 credit in FILM at the 2000-level and third year standing, or permission of the Discipline.
Lecture and screening three hours a week, lecture one hour a week.

GEOM 1004 [0.5 credit] Maps, Satellites and the Geospatial Revolution
Introduction to the creation and use of maps using a variety of geospatial tools to better understand and resolve physical, social and environmental problems. Overview of geomatics (cartography and map design, geographic information systems, GPS, remote sensing).

Precludes additional credit for GEOM 2004 (no longer offered).

GEOM 2007 [0.5 credit] Geographic Information Systems
Data in a spatial context; spatial data structures, georeferencing, data query; mapping; creating spatial databases; selected topics in GIS application to environmental, land-use planning and market analysis issues.

Prerequisite(s): GEOM 1004 or ERTH 2406 (may be taken concurrently), or permission of the Department. Familiarity with personal computers is assumed.

HIST 3812 [0.5 credit] Digital History
The digital representation of history, exploring the approaches, issues, and methods of working in this environment. Topics may include gaming, virtual environments, digital research tools, public digital history. (Field e).

Also listed as DIGH 3812.
Prerequisite(s): a 2000-level history course or third-year standing and 1.0 credit in history.

HIST 3814 [0.5 credit] Crafting Digital History
This course applies the creative use of information and media/computing technologies to address the digital cultural heritage issues of public historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Topics may include webscraping, data mining, designing and implementing research databases, and visual storytelling of those results. (Field e).

Precludes additional credit for HIST 3907 Section “B” offered in winter 2015 and HIST 3907 Section “O” offered in winter 2016.
Prerequisite(s): a 2000-level history course or third-year standing and 1.0 credit in history. Lectures three hours a week or online.

MUSI 3603 [0.5 credit] Computer Music Techniques
An introduction to the techniques of sound synthesis primarily through practical experience at the digital synthesizer and computer. The basics of machine operations, software and computer applications to composition and synthesis. Enrolment is limited.

Prerequisite(s): second-year standing and MUSI 2603, or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 2106 [0.5 credit] Information Ethics
Ethical aspects of the influence of information technology on intellectual property rights, privacy, free speech, work and society. Also included are an introduction to philosophical ethics and discussions of moral responsibilities of IT professionals, codes of professional ethics, hacker ethics, viruses and software piracy.

Precludes additional credit for PHIL 2104.
Prerequisite(s): a course in philosophy or second-year standing.

PSCI 3406 [0.5 credit] Public Affairs and Media Strategies
The public affairs and issue management strategies of corporations, government departments, and other institutions in Canada from a comparative perspective.

Prerequisite(s): third-year standing.

PSCI 4003 [0.5 credit] Politics and the Media
The role of the mass media in the Canadian political system from a comparative perspective. Seminar three hours a week.

Prerequisite(s): fourth-year Honours standing or permission of the Department.

SOCI 2705 [0.5 credit] Popular Culture in the Digital Age
An examination of various approaches to analyzing digital media and their role in the production and consumption of contemporary cultural forms and practices. Students will reflect upon their use of digital media and the influence they have on their lives and popular culture, more generally. Also listed as DIGH 2705.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1001 and SOCI 1002 or SOCI 1003 [1.0] or ANTH 1001 and ANTH 1002 or ANTH 1003 [1.0].

SYSC 1005 [0.5 credit] Introduction to Software Development
A first course in software development as an engineering discipline, using a modern programming language, Language syntax. Algorithm design. Tracing and visualizing program execution. Testing and debugging. Program style, documentation, reliability. Lab projects are drawn from a variety of application domains: digital image manipulation; computer games, and robotics.

Precludes additional credit for ECOR 1606, SYSC 1100, COMP 1005 and COMP 1405.

SYSC 2001 [0.5 credit] Computer Systems Foundations
Computer architecture and organization: CPU, cache, memory, input/output, bus structures, interrupts; computer arithmetic: integer and floating point; CPU: instruction sets, addressing modes, instruction encoding. Input/output: programmed, interrupt-driven, block-oriented. Examples from several modern processor families.

Prerequisite(s): ECOR 1606 or SYSC 1005. Additional recommended background: SYSC 2006.

TSES 3001 [0.5 credit] Technology-Society Interactions
Ethical issues in introducing technology; historical review of technology and human development; effects on society of medical and communications technologies; automation and its effects on society, especially work; impact of technology on international affairs, especially through multinational enterprises. Guest lectures.

Precludes additional credit for TSES 3000 and TSES 3500.
Prerequisite(s): at least second-year standing.

TSES 4005 [0.5 credit] Information Technology and Society
Investigation of the human and social impacts of electronic information and communication on our working, educational, and personal lives from various disciplinary perspectives; problem issues and competing values in the creation, manipulation, dissemination, and control of information are identified; resolution initiatives encouraged. Guest lecturers.

Prerequisite(s): third-year standing or equivalent.

WGST 4804 [0.5 credit] Digital Lives in Global Spaces
Capstone seminar in culture and production, digital worlds and globalization. Current debates and emerging issues in popular cultural productions in the areas of arts, literature, music, performance, film or digital and social media.

Prerequisite(s): fourth-year standing and 1.0 credit in WGST or permission of the Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies.