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Digital Humanities: Reading and Writing in the Online World (EGL246)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces Digital Humanities, or the interface between traditional inquiry and the digital milieu. Students will apply the Digital Humanities concept to elements of the human experience such as science, labour, race, class, gender, sexuality, colonialism, and nationality across cultures and contexts. Students will work with digital tools and techniques to explore the ways in which language and meaning are transformed, and the cultural significance of digital text including emojis and GIFs, and their relationships to online identities.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit students should be able to:

1. Evaluate key themes and issues in the digital humanities by applying theoretical frameworks, research tools and techniques to survey the symbiotic relationship between information technology and the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
2. Communicate and debate effectively in oral presentations and written exposition using a variety of global media and communication platforms.
3. Understand the ethics and responsibility that attend communications, ideas, actions, and processes engaged with online.
4. Identify and analyse relevant sources of online information and assess their importance and reliability within the context of students' diverse social and disciplinary backgrounds.
5. Survey and critique ideas and projects to assess the impact of digital technologies on humanities research and make connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: up to 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit is through lectures, tutorials (and, for external students, online discussion) and self-study. Students will be reading and critically responding to historical and current research in the digital humanities, and will develop critical thinking, effective writing, and excellent presentation skills (when applicable).

Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended since key materials are introduced and explained in those sessions. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory, and active participation in class is facilitated and encouraged. Reading primary set texts and weekly readings before attending lectures and tutorials in a given week will ensure that students reap maximum benefit from the unit learning materials, while also ensuring that students are theoretically primed for digitally-based exercises.
Assessment The assessments will involve a range of activities - oral, written, and in groups - designed so that students are able to explore the myriad ways in which digital culture matters. Assessments will be modified for external students.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
English Minor Teaching Area
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Rahul Gairola
The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6149
e: Rahul.Gairola@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.074 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Rahul Gairola
The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6149
e: Rahul.Gairola@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.074 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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