Syllabus (PDF)

This Block I course will introduce students to practices, methodology, and theories of text in the digital medium, with a view toward the place of the humanities. Much of our concern will center on literature and the ways in which we can create technological applications for discovering meaning and presenting critical thought. To that end, a series of labs and hands-on projects will familiarize students with readily available tools such as blogs, wikis, data visualization software, encoding programs, and the use of social media for intellectual exchange. The capstone project will consist of students working in small groups to develop a custom application in an area of literary study based on their interests. Through a range of hands-on experiences, we will ask what it means to be human in the Digital Age.

No technological experience or computer programming is necessary to complete this course successfully. The tools and techniques covered here will begin with user-friendly applications and proceed cumulatively to more advanced ones. Students will therefore walk away from this course with a nuts-and-bolts knowledge of all kinds of different technologies and software, plus a sense of the open-source community ethos.

Digital Studies Minor

This course completes the introduction requirement for the new Digital Studies Minor. Students in any major from any college of the University may complete this minor to satisfy distribution requirements and attain a credential for prospective employers and graduate schools.

The Digital Studies Minor features additional advanced courses cross-listed from around the University on a variety of topics including video games, multimedia production, film, communication and media studies, security, literature, history, women’s and gender studies, and more. If interested in signing up for the minor, contact Prof. Drouin.


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