• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject ANU College
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Digital Arts, Music, Digital Humanities, Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Patrick Tran
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course will introduce students to some of the major concepts, practices, and implications involved in the use of digital technologies in the humanities - the group of academic disciplines interested in examining what it means to be human from cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives. From the vantage point of these new 'digital humanities', we will examine the contemporary shift away from a predominantly print culture to one that is increasingly digital and online, while at the same time analysing and critiquing the emerging cultural practices that accompany this development. In so doing, we will seek to better understand the historical influence of new technologies on how we think of ourselves and our cultural heritage, both individually and collectively; how we interact socially and politically; how we determine public and private spaces in an increasingly connected world; and how we can use digital technologies to produce, preserve, and study cultural materials.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the implications of digital technologies for the humanities and, more generally, contemporary culture.
  2. Analyse and critique the convergence of cultural and social practices that are emerging from the use of digital technologies.
  3. Formulate research questions and gather evidence from reliable sources (both digital and material) to construct informed arguments about digital culture.
  4. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using a variety of media.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation 10% [LO 2, 4]

Weekly reading responses (10 total, 100 words each) 25% [LO 1, 2, 4]

Mid-term essay (1000 words) 25% [LO 1-4]

Final essay (2000 words) 40% [LO 1-4]

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160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 75 hours of contact: 75 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 85 hours of supported and independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Diploma of Liberal Studies (ELIBS) or Diploma of Music (EMUSI). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN1001.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4882 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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