Digital Humanities prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Students are given opportunities for flexible learning and project-based study. This allows you to develop transferable skills that are invaluable for critically engaging with our contemporary world. Studying Digital Humanities at the ANU provides you with the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge technologies and tools and to acquire crucial digital literacy skills.
ANU offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses of study.
The Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture enables students to develop high level skills in digital literacy and applied humanities. A flexible structure allows students to learn emerging digital research methods, advanced critical thinking and data analysis. Students gain an understanding of how academic research is applied in broader society and are supported to develop communication skills across traditional and digital platforms aimed at both the academic and public spheres. Students will collaborate with researchers from across the ANU, and have the opportunity to engage with the national cultural institutions, the public and government sector, and international organisations in Canberra. For full details of of teh program and eligibility see the Programs and Courses website.
The CDHR welcomes students wishing to pursue higher degree by research at MPhil or PhD level. Students can pursue their studies as part of the Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research (ICCR) program within the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, which offers HDR students a unique interdisciplinary programme in which to pursue thesis research and coursework as well as professional development. See the ICCR webpage for more information. The CDHR welcomes enquiries about possible HDR research proposals and supervision, please contact us for more information.
Key Digital Humanities Courses at ANU
The Centre for Digital Humanities Research runs the following courses, these can be undertaken as part of an undegraduate major or minor, or at a Masters level.
HUMN1001/: Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age
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.
HUMN2001: Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects
A revolution is underway in humanities and social science research. Information and communication technologies are transforming the way in which students and scholars approach their subject matter. New questions arise when texts, images, and sound are rearranged in ways unimaginable before the digital age. The term 'digital humanities' refers to these changes and to the critical, epistemological, and methodological challenges they pose. This course provides an introduction to some of the most exciting areas in current digital humanities research, as well as an exploration of its history and impact as an interdisciplinary field, the theoretical issues it raises, and the major methodological debates it has provoked over the last few decades.
HUMN3001: Digital Humanities: Methods and Practices
This course will allow students to develop and critically assess a range of digital humanities skills, research methods, and best practices. Students will be asked to engage with cutting-edge research methodologies in the growing interdisciplinary field of the digital humanities, focussing on the issues and approaches that directly address the ongoing digitisation of our shared cultural record. The scope and scale of these issues will allow students to investigate a variety of humanities questions in a project-based manner across multiple media and using various methodologies. Students will therefore experiment with at least four different types of data - drawn from existing open-access digital humanities collections - along with corresponding data analysis techniques to answer a set of humanities-related research questions. These methods may include: digitisation techniques; text encoding and analysis; data gathering and analysis; 'distant reading' and data mining; network analysis; data visualisation; and geo-spatial mapping, among others.
HUMN2002: Gutenberg to Google: Histories of Information
The digital age is changing our interaction with information profoundly. The printed book and newspaper is under threat, the publishing industry is undergoing significant change, and issues surrounding information, such as freedom of information, copyright, and intellectual property, and the very ways in which we read, write, understand, and communicate are being debated and reconsidered. This course seeks to place these debates in historical perspective by exploring the history of information in the modern age.
HIST2237: Digital History, Digital Heritage: the past in a digital present
What does it mean to practice history in the digital age? How are digital technologies shaping the way we conceptualise the past, design and conduct historical research, and communicate our findings? What does digital history offer in terms of innovative and substantive new ways of understanding the past, andhow has it changed the way society 'consumes' the past? Exploring these questions and more, this course introduces students to the theory and practice of researching, writing, and presenting history in a digital world.
HUMN6001: Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects
Information and communication technologies are transforming humanities research. The term ‘digital humanities’ refers to these changes and the intellectual, ethical and methodological challenges they pose. This course provides an introduction to the digital humanities, including its history and impact, theoretical issues it raises, the major methodological debates in this field, and the consequences these are having for humanities scholarship. This course emphasises and develops the analytical skills necessary for working at, and engaging with, the intersection of the humanities and technology. No computer skills (beyond basic familiarity with word processing and Internet access) are required.
HUMN6003: Digital Humanities: Methods and Practices
This course will allow students to develop and critically assess a range of digital humanities skills, research methods, and best practices. Students will be asked to engage with cutting-edge research methodologies in the growing interdisciplinary field of the digital humanities, focussing on the issues and approaches that directly address the ongoing digitisation of our shared cultural record.
This course allows students to develop a relevant research project in the areas of Public Humanities, cultural studies, and/or Digital Humanities. Students will be guided by a supervisor in the development of a research topic, discuss appropriate methodologies and practices, and work on their project throughout the semester. This course allows students to develop a project that may have direct industry or professional relevance; and to further develop their project management, writing and/or digital literacy skills. Students will be encouraged to explore projects that are interdisciplinary and employ new media and digital skills and components. Students can choose either a 6 unit project (HUMN8030) or a 12 unit project (HUMN8031).
HUMN6002: Gutenberg to Google: Histories of Information
The course will draw on a variety of disciplines and methodologies, thereby introducing students to issues in print history, communication and media studies, and information studies. Specific topics that will be studied include: the impact of the 'print revolution'; information and empire; the development of the publishing industry and how it shapes knowledge; information wars and propaganda; and the development of the Internet and its impact on information, knowledge, and communication.
This course explores the expanding landscape of digital history from the perspectives of both theory and practice. The course is built around three main threads. The first-- the pedagogy of digital history-- explores how digital technologies have impacted the production, consumption, and preservation of 'the past' in modern society, and the wider theoretical and methodological issues facing historical study in a digital age. A second-- doing research in a digital environment-- focuses on the development of skills and abilities in using digital tools and the Internet in historical research, while the third-- producing history in a digital world--will give students the opportunity to apply digital methods to their own research, and experience in writing and producing history for the web through the design and execution of a small web-based project.