DIGI405-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Texts, Discourses and Data: the Humanities and Data Science

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course examines computer-aided methods used in digital humanities and the social sciences for analysing discourses, an object of study that draws together multiple ways that language reflects and shapes social meanings. Within this context, it introduces concepts and methods for analysing natural language data and applies these through a series of practical lab classes. The first part of the course focuses on classic discourse analysis methods drawn from corpus linguistics, as well as the essential preprocessing steps used to prepare texts for a range of analytical purposes. In the second part of the course we study topic modeling, a technique for unsupervised, exploratory data analysis that has been widely used in digital humanities, and, finally, consider supervised text classification methods to identify discursive attributes such as sentiment, genre, or style.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Apply a range of computer-assisted text analysis methods with broad applications, drawing examples from humanities and social sciences.
  • Explain how text analysis results are connected to social, cultural and linguistic factors and contexts.
  • Identify ethical and political dimensions to computer-assisted text analysis methods.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 009
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
03 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 18:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
12 Aug - 18 Aug

Timetable Note

Please note: Attendance at 'Drop in Class A' is optional.

Course Coordinator

Geoffrey Ford

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,023.00

* 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 DIGI405 Occurrences

  • DIGI405-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • DIGI405-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)
  • DIGI405-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • DIGI405-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)
  • DIGI405-24X4 (O) Special non-calendar-based Four 2024 (UC Online) - Not Offered