• 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, Digital Arts, Museums and Collections, IT in New Media, Digital Humanities
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Katherine Bode
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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This course allows students to develop and critically assess a range of digital humanities skills, research methods, and best practices. Students will have the opportunity to engage directly with cultural collections and institutions and develop projects designed to address the ongoing digitisation of our shared cultural record. Students will be supported to propose and build digital projects that could be used by cultural institutions large or small. These might include research tools, public outreach and engagement, educational, or, games and creative responses to cultural data sets. Projects can engage with museums, galleries, archives or libraries. Projects are developed over the entire semester from pitch to project plan, prototype for user testing and a final digital project accompanied by an exegesis. These projects are expected to be situated in the broader field and to engage with critical, ethical, theoretical issues. Students are given the opportunity to liaise directly with curators and other experts from institutions to pitch ideas and to develop skills in collaboration and project planning. No technical skills are required and students are supported to upskill from their own level of experience. Support is offered to work with a range of software and digital methods, and final projects can be published online using digital platforms. Students from a range of backgrounds are welcome and the course is designed to support students from computer science as well students studying in the humanities and social sciences.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse and discuss the impact of digital technologies on research in the humanities;
  2. analyse and critically evaluate a variety of digital humanities research methods and practices;
  3. critically evaluate and prototype digital project methodologies and complete user testing;
  4. investigate and apply the use of new digital methods to address existing humanities research questions and/or public engagement with arts and culture; and
  5. effectively communicate digital humanities research and project methodologies and results to the wider scholarly and professional community.

Work Integrated Learning


This course runs in collaboration with the National Museum of Australia, students work on projects connected to a current education or curatorial project at the NMA and develop digital engagement resources. Project ideas are pitched to a panel of NMA and ANU staff, support is offered by both lots of staff during development and final projects are presented again to the same panel for feedback. In several cases projects have been picked up for further development by NMA.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project Pitch (in class presentation 6 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Project Plan and Milestones (1500 words) - must include software and method evaluation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final project demonstration (in class) (20) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  4. Final project based on project plan and 1000 word exegesis (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of weekly 3-hour seminars; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed HUMN6001, or with the permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN3001.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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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
2520 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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