• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Social Research, Information Technology, Digital Humanities
  • Work Integrated Learning Other
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Katherine Bode
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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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:

  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; and
  4. communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using a variety of media.

Work Integrated Learning

Other

Assessing and evaluating the impact of digital and computational technologies on humans and society are at the very heart of this course. Each week covers a different topic ranging from the Data Economy and smart homes to even confrontational topics such as resisting rape culture online or finding out what happens to your social media content when you die. Students work in groups to research and communicate their findings on topics related to the intersection of society and technology. Critical thinking and evaluation are essential for this course. Students learn about a number of different approaches ranging from critical theory to project management. Students encounter a complex problem space and are asked to consider both the technical and social aspects of successful digital innovation. For example, is Facebook technologically the superior social platform? Arguably not. There are social pressures as considerations that have contributed to its success. And, it is not a technological power they yield, but a socio-political one.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation through research, active discussion, group presentations (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Mid-term assessment, 1,500 word conference abstract and associated academic poster (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final assessment, 5 minute multimedia product (blog post, podcast, or video) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and assessment completion.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANUC1113.

Prescribed Texts

Nil

Fees

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:
14
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.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8310 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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