Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Minor (Arts Program) - ASMIN1337

Digital humanities (DH) is a discipline at the intersections of the humanities with computing.  DH studies human culture -- art, literature, history, geography, religion -- through computational tools and methodologies; and, in turn, DH studies the digital through humanist lenses.  Digital humanists analyze languages through digital text collections; build digital archives of forbidden booksconstruct video games to study literature; or resurrect historical cities through digital maps.

In introductory and advanced DH courses, students learn about the intellectual landscape of digital humanities scholarship. They learn how to build digital stories, exhibits, and maps; how to digitize rare books; how to analyze collections of data; how to construct digital models and 3D-print them; and how to manage major digital projects. By the end of the program, students conduct a major DH research project of their own or participate in the research of an established faculty project. Throughout the program, students gain a critical perspective on digital technologies, learning to consider the ways digital platforms shape, and are shaped by, the currents of wider social and cultural forces.

By providing this critical and technical skillset, the Digital Humanities Minor prepares students for future paths that range from graduate studies in literature, history, library science, education, or computer science, to careers as technical writers, data analysts and visualizers, project managers, or programmers.


Enrolment Requirements:
This is a Type 1 Program. Enrolment is open to students who have completed 4.0 FCEs.
Note:  It is not possible to complete this program in one year.  

Completion Requirements:
This program requires the completion of four full credits (4 FCEs):
1.0 credit from group 1 (required introductory courses);
2.0 credits from group 2 (digital humanities and cross-listed courses); and 1.0 credit from group 3 (capstone experiences).

Group 1.
1.0 FCE at the 200 level, composed of the following two required introductory courses: WDW235H1, WDW236H1

Group 2.
2.0 FCE to be chosen from the following courses, which include Digital Humanities courses offered by Woodsworth College and cross-listed courses offered by other departments:

Digital Humanities:  WDW335H1, WDW336H1, WDW337H1, WDW338H1

Cross-Listed Courses:
Book and Media Studies: SMC228H1, SMC229H1, SMC255H1, SMC392H1
Cinema Studies: CIN260H1, CIN312Y1, CIN360H1
Computer Science: CSC104H1, CSC108H1, CSC300H1
English: ENG287H1
Geography: GGR271H1, GGR272H, GGR273H1, GGR349H1, GGR452H1
History & Philosophy of Science & Technology: HPS202H1, HPS203H1
Medieval Studies: MST201H1, MST202H1
Music: MUS300H1
Religion: RLG233H1, RLG307H1, RLG308H1
Urban Studies: INI235Y1, INI308H1, INI333H1

Students should note that some courses at the 200, 300, and 400 levels may have additional prerequisites or other enrolment restrictions and are advised to check the Arts and Science timtetable/calendar for detailed course information.

Permission to count courses that are not on the list below towards the Minor in Digital Humanities must be received from the Program Coordinator, and will be granted on a case-by-case basis when the students work demonstrably and substantially engages Digital Humanities-related content or research methods.  Requests must be emailed to Silvia Cocolo well in advance of any registration deadlines.  Be sure to include thyour student id and course code and outline in your email message to Ms Cocolo.

Group 3.
1.0 FCE that provides a capstone experience, either 2 H courses or one Y course, chosen from the list below:

WDW435H1, WDW436H1, WDW437H1
Other fourth-year courses with a significant DH practicum element, such as CDN435Y1 (Active Citizenship), can also be considered for inclusion in the capstone experience, if students receive written permission of the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator no later than within the first two weeks of enrollment in the course. 
Note:  You are advised to contact the Program Coordinator well before the start of registration so you make appropriate course choices should your request be refused.


Digital Humanities courses offered by Woodsworth College:

WDW235H1 Introduction to Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities (DH) studies human culture -- art, literature, history, geography, religion -- using computational tools and methodologies, and at the same time studies digital technologies and communities through humanist lenses, as complex cultural objects shaped by wider social and political concerns and the ways we construct knowledge and meaning.
Prerequisites:  4 FCEs at the 100 level, at least 1 FCE of which must be in Humanities

WDW236H1Virtual Worlds: Introduction to Spatial Digital Humanities
A Digital Humanities perspective on the virtual worlds in which we are increasingly immersed, from scholarly digital archives to video games. We study the theory and methods of geospatial humanities research and explore the technical and cultural implications of computer vision, augmented reality, the Internet of Things, and 3D printing.
Prerequisites: WDW235H1 or permission of the Program Coordinator

WDW335H1 From Book to Map to Video Game: Texts and their Digital Transformations
An examination of the new forms of storytelling made possible by digital media from two perspectives, that of the maker and that of the scholarly reader. Students learn to critically analyze storytelling in new media and experiment with their own adaptations of a literary text to various digital platforms.
Prerequisites:  WDW235H1 and WDW236H1; open to students not taking the Digital Humanities Minor by permission of the program coordinator.

WDW336H1 Cultural Literacy in the Digital Age
This course examines two related debates about digital media in education: first, how best to integrate digital technology into learning (digital or computer literacy), and, secondly, what knowledge is required for full cultural participation (cultural literacy). We examine these issues using a range of academic, general interest and discipline-specific sources.
Prerequisites:  WDW235H1 and WDW236H1; open to students not taking the Digital Humanities Minor by permission of the program coordinator.

WDW337H1 Historical Archives in the Digital Age
How do digital surrogates of texts and objects change how we use them? This course examines texts and archives in the digital age: the aims of building them; the new scholarly approaches that they enable; the preservation, access, and equity questions that they raise and require us to answer responsibly.
Prerequisities:  WDW235H1 and WDW236H1; open to students not taking the Digital Humanities Minor by permission of the program coordinator.

WDW338H1 Data:  Access, Creation, Curation, and Interpretation
A central challenge of digital humanities is the complexity of representing interpretive, narrative, and perspective-dependent humanities data through digital tools and environments. Topics include the history of “data” as term and concept; data standards, databases, and linked data; datasets, data curation and analytics, both qualitative and quantitative; and data visualization.
Prerequisities:  WDW235H1 and WDW236H1; open to students not taking the Digital Humanities Minor by permission of the program coordinator.

WDW435H1 The Internet Archive
Digital environments change how knowledge is created, communicated, and used. Using the Internet Archive as case study, this course examines the significance of such changes from a variety of perspectives: knowledge representation; technical infrastructure; gender, class, and race issues; disability rights; intellectual property questions; and algorithmic and interpretive scholarly approaches.
Prerequisites:  WDW235H1 and WDW236H1 plus at least 1.0 additional FCE in the Digital Humanities Minor program; open to students not taking the Digital Humanities Minor by permission of the program coordinator.

WDW436H1 Topics in Digital Humanities
This course serves as a capstone for the Digital Humanities Minor program. It includes opportunities for students to conduct original research. The topics for this course will vary from year to year.
Prerequisites:   WDW235H1 and WDW236H1, plus at least 1.0 additional FCE in the Digital Humanities Minor program.