DIGI401-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015

Digital Methods

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 23 February 2015
End Date: Sunday, 28 June 2015
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 6 March 2015
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 22 May 2015


This course provides a foundation in digital methods for the arts and humanities. The course introduces digital methods used in a variety of disciplines, and is recommended to students interested in digital culture, history, classics, literature, art, art history, and philosophy. Students are offered overviews of a broad range of digital practices and techniques, with a focus on reading, writing, and discussion. Applied assessment options are available for students with technical interests.

This course will be of interest to students from Humanities disciplines interested in building a digital component into their Honours degree. It provides an introduction to the history of humanities computing, and its development through the ‘computational turn’ into Digital Humanities. Technical skills aren’t required, but an interest in computers and a desire to learn more will be invaluable. You will be challenged to consider what it means to be a digital humanist, and attend seminars in technological determinism, systems theory, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualization, TEI (The Humanities Text Encoding Initiative), text analysis and the nature of digital texts, algorithmic criticism and distant reading, open source and open access movements, digital forensics, crowd-sourcing, and materiality. The course is designed to give students a broad overview of the field so they can decide what areas they might like to specialize in. It is highly recommended for those wishing to progress to Masters and Doctoral studies. The goal is to offer students a broad education in digital humanities, from theory to elementary programming and system design.  Students are encouraged to take this course in conjunction with courses in other Humanities disciplines, and those interested in further developing their technical skills are encouraged to progress to courses offered by Computer Science and Engineering.

Image: Hypercities New York. Todd Presner et al.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator

Course Coordinator

James Smithies


Tim Bell , Christopher Thomson and Alison Watkins

Guest Lecturer

Grant Paton-Simpson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Response Paper 10% 1000 word response paper
Essay 30% 3000 word essay
Essay or Digital Project 30% 3000 word essay or digital project
Blog Posts 20% 4 blog posts of 500 words each
Attendance 10% Attendance at 6 laboratories

Textbooks / Resources

The main textbook is open and online

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,690.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All DIGI401 Occurrences

  • DIGI401-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015