Digital Humanities (DHum) Courses @UVic

Course Descriptions and Details (2014-15)

DHum 150 (Fall 2014), with Matthew Hiebert
DHum 250 (Fall 2014), with Matthew Huculak
DHum 350 (Fall 2014), with Matthew Huculak
DHum 250 (Spring 2015), with Matthew Hiebert
DHum 350 (Spring 2015), with Jentery Sayers
DHum 450 (Spring 2015), with Jentery Sayers

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Questions about the DHum sequence at UVic? Email Jentery Sayers (jentery@uvic.ca).
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Digital Humanities 150 (Fall 2014)
Theme: "Introduction to Digital Humanities"

This survey course provides an undergraduate-level introduction to
conducting humanities research using digital methods. In approaching
the tools, techniques, and cultures of the digital humanities,
we will explore ways in which digital methods can integrate with
humanities inquiry, under what assumptions, and to what effects
on our reading and writing practices. You will learn more about basic
HTML, CSS, text analysis, data visualization, and programming
techniques.

This course is ideal for undergraduates interested in digital technologies,
digital culture, or new media. No technical experience or prior knowledge
of digital humanities is required. The course also serves as a
prerequisite for upper-level DHum offerings.

DHum 150: Tools, Techniques, and Culture | 10883 | UVic Calendar
Instructor: Matthew Hiebert (hiebert8@uvic.ca)
TWF 1:30-2:20pm in Cornett B112
No prerequisites | Image created using Photoshop

Digital Humanities 250 (Fall 2014)
Theme: "Books and Bytes"

This course provides an introduction to the technologies of textual
transmission. From the first writing technologies in Babylon to the
keyboards and screens on our smartphones, writing has been
interdependent on technological innovations that have affected
communications and social dynamics. You will learn about the history of
textual transmission by exploring rare books in our special collections while
also learning to manipulate text through digital techniques, including
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), text-mining, and web editors.

This course is ideal for undergraduates with an interest in textual
studies, information technology, and book history. No previous
experience with textual studies or book history is required. The course
also serves as a prerequisite for upper-level DHum offerings.

DHum 250: Digital Representation and Creation | 13825 | UVic Calendar
Instructor: Matthew Huculak (jhuculak@uvic.ca)
T 9:30-10:20am in Clearihue C111 | WF 9:30-10:20am in Clearihue A108
Prerequisite: DHum 150 or permission of jhuculak@uvic.ca
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Digital Humanities 350 (Fall 2014)
Theme: "Building a Digital Edition"

This hands-on course will teach students to digitize print objects as
well as publish their own work in the digital medium. All assignments
will be directed toward the final project in which we will produce an
online portfolio of our work. We will learn about Content Management
Systems like WordPress, the digital edition workflow, as well as tools
developed by digital humanities to explore texts in new ways.

This is an ideal course for those who are interested in publishing,
have an idea for a zine or novel, or simply love thinking about new
ways of reading. No previous experience with digital editions is required.

DHum 350: Electronic Publishing and Analysis | 13827 | UVic Calendar
Instructor: Matthew Huculak (jhuculak@uvic.ca)
T 2:30-4:20pm in Clearihue A108 | F 2:30-3:20pm in Clearihue C111
Prerequisite: DHum 150 or permission of jhuculak@uvic.ca
Image care of Jayne Vidheecharoen

Digital Humanities 250 (Spring 2015)
Theme: "Understanding Social Media"

Social media has changed how people communicate and work with
one another. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Github, and Wikipedia
foster new forms of social organization with profound implications for
traditional cultures. But how does a social medium extend and alter
our interpersonal and cultural involvements? How might its architecture
affect too our critical thinking and the models we use to represent
knowledge? In this course you will study the theory, research, and history
of today's social media in the context of prototyping and sharing your
own online social application.

This course is ideal for undergraduates interested in cultural analysis,
software studies, electronic publishing, and new media. No previous
experience with social media development is required.

DHum 250: Digital Representation and Creation | 23636 | UVic Calendar
Instructor: Matthew Hiebert (hiebert8@uvic.ca)
M 2:30-3:20pm in Clearihue D125 | W 2:30-4:20pm in Clearihue A108
Prerequisite: DHum 150 or permission of hiebert8@uvic.ca
Image created in Photoshop

Digital Humanities 350 (Spring 2015)
Theme: "What's in a Game?"

For many of us, games are central to our leisure time. They are objects
we purchase, play, and consume. But how are they made, and how do
they help us think critically? In this course, you will prototype a game
of your own, starting with a paper prototype and transitioning into
a videogame prototype. Throughout the semester, you will also share
your prototype, read research in game studies, and study gaming cultures.

This course is ideal for undergraduates interested in new media,
game design, electronic publishing, and cultural studies.
No previous experience with game design or culutral studies is required.

DHum 350: Electronic Publishing and Analysis | 20820 | UVic Calendar
Instructor: Jentery Sayers (jentery@uvic.ca)
TWF 9:30-10:20am in Clearihue A302
Prerequisite: DHum 150 or permission of jentery@uvic.ca
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Digital Humanities 450 (Spring 2015)
Theme: "Arguing with Computers"

This seminar will give you the opportunity to gradually
construct your own research project in the field of digital humanities.
Throughout the semester, you will develop components of the
project, share it, revise it, and iteratively build an intricate understanding
of how to blend technical competencies in computation with
critical approaches to a given humanities topic.

This course is ideal for undergraduates interested in graduate studies
or employment in fields such as digital publishing, preservation,
communication, and design. No previous experience developing
your own research project is required. However, you will be expected
to articulate and answer your own research question.

DHum 450: Project Seminar | 23639 | UVic Calendar
Instructor: Jentery Sayers (jentery@uvic.ca)
T 1:30-4:20pm in Clearihue C316
Prerequisite: DHum 150 or permission of jentery@uvic.ca
Image care of Shaun Macpherson