• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Digital Humanities, Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Katrina Grant
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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New computational tools and methods from digital mapping to 3D modelling to text analysis are being used in diverse disciplines across the Humanities. Technology is also transforming the way that we access and engage with cultural institutions and arts organisations. However, Digital Humanities is more than just using computers for research, it is a highly critical and scholarly field that consciously considers how humanities topics of research and research practices themselves are being transformed in the digital age. This course introduces students to key methodologies and critical theories in digital humanities. Students have the opportunity to learn, trial and evaluate a range of digital methodologies (ranging from digital mapping, data cleaning, 3D modelling, digitisation, metadata and database creation, digital publishing and audience engagement). Students study the ways that digital and computational methods are transforming research in humanities. There is a particular focus on how digital technologies and projects can be used to engage broader society with humanities and cultural sector research (including design for digital audiences, public history and public culture). The course also addresses complex ethical issues around ownership of data, digital repatriation, politics of archives, and the potential for digital activism. The course includes visits to major cultural institutions in Canberra and talks from experts in digital humanities research from across the ANU.

No specific technical or computational knowledge is assumed, all students will be supported to work with a range of digital methodologies and practices from whatever level they are at. Students will be given access to the Digital Humanities Lab and its specialist equipment and software. Students will be asked to critically evaluate tools and methods, as well as engaging with key readings, issues and debates, and critical theories. Projects and essays developed for this course may form part of Masters Advanced and Honours thesis projects subject to approval from your supervisor and program convener.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically examine digital humanities methodologies;
  2. apply digital humanities methodologies to their own research, writing and project development;
  3. understand the development of digital humanities from a theoretical and methodological standpoint;
  4. speak with confidence about the methodologies of digital humanities to professional audiences in academia and the cultural sector;
  5. have the confidence and capacity to trial, learn and evaluate a range of digital tools and methods; and
  6. understand how to develop a program of research and/or project for an external client (ie a cultural institution) that foregrounds digital methods and digital publication.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Critical evaluation of a digital tool and/or method (20) [LO 1,5]
  2. Critical evaluation of a digital project (20) [LO 1,3,4,6]
  3. Class presentation (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Major Research Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
  5. Participation in class discussions and workshop activities (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of weekly seminars and activities.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN4029.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

Whose Digital Heritage?: Contemporary Art, 3D Printing and the Limits of Cultural Property


Collections and/of Data: Art History and the Art Museum in the DH Mode, Matthew Battles, Michael Maizels http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/78 

Dunn, Stuart. A History of Place in the Digital Age. Routledge, 2019.

The Programming Historian https://programminghistorian.org/en/

Software and tools covered may include:

GIS and digital mapping

3D scanning and model development

Metadata creation and cataloguing with Omeka

Python and APIs for accessing and collating data sets

Basic app development

Digital publishing tools


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2843 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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