ATS3305 - Digital humanities: Expanding research paradigms - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Dr Simon Musgrave

Not offered in 2017


The unit is an interdisciplinary unit co-taught with Warwick University under the auspices of the Monash-Warwick Alliance. The unit examines the application of digital technologies in humanities research, covering the methods used to make data accessible, the analytic techniques which are thereby enabled, and the dissemination of research results through new modes of publication.

The unit will:

  1. Help students to grasp abstract and complex ideas from a range of disciplines (multidisciplinary), and to synthesize these into thoughtful intellectual responses (interdisciplinary), that lead students to insights that may lie beyond the scope of a single discipline (transdisciplinary).
  2. Help students understand the potential of applying new analytic tools to problems in various humanities disciplines.
  3. Engage students fully with 'active' learning. It will be faithful to the notion that participation and experiential learning foster a deeper understanding of complex material.
  4. Enhance and consolidate students' academic and research abilities, while also stimulating team-work and collaboration, thus creating a pool of transferable skills that students can acquire and practice.
  5. Make productive links between theoretical ideas and practical applications.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the current and potential future scope of the digital humanities.
  2. Pose and address computationally tractable research questions in the humanities.
  3. Identify and utilise appropriate techniques employed in the digital humanities.
  4. Analyse collaboratively project requirements and negotiate individual responsibilities.
  5. Cooperate to complete a complex project.
  6. Communicate their subject knowledge and disciplinary approach to a wider public.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.