DIGI 2305: Digital Humanities: September 2013 - April 2014
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General course information

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Course Expectations or Outputs

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  1. identify and analyze the key concepts in the field of digital culture.
  2. assess the rhetorical weight of the presentation of human and/or corporate identity within digital media.
  3. engage with and apply basic techniques of digital text analysis.
  4. explain the basic theory of and approaches to digital social profiling.
  5. assess the rhetorical weight of depictions of the post-human in fictional and/or analytical texts.
  6. explain some basic theory related to the advanced study of digital games.
  7. develop analytical arguments that examine one or more key concepts of digital humanities in proper essay format.
  8. collaborate within a digital environment on an extended research project.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate

  1. a broad understanding of the key concepts and methodologies in the study of digital culture.
  2. an ability to formulate analytical questions about course themes.
  3. an ability to interpret texts and develop lines of argument.
  4. an ability to communicate in reliably clear, coherent, and correct prose.

Preparation and Participation

You are expected to participate in class in an informed manner. At the very least, you are expected to come to class regularly, having read all assigned reading for that class. Ideally, you will have thought about the reading, taken notes on the reading, and have prepared opinions on and notes and questions about the reading. Ideally, you will participate in class discussions. Keep in mind that participating in class is usually a highly rewarding experience, greatly enhancing your ability to understand the course material and helping ensure your success in the course. Everyone is expected to be courteous and professional at all times in class.



The Department of English Studies and Nipissing University maintain a strict policy on all forms of academic dishonesty. Each assignment must be original work produced by the student only for this course. All referencing and documentation must be complete and accurate for both direct and indirect quotations. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for essay preparation are the standard in English Studies. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism will not be accepted as an excuse: if you are uncertain about any of this information, see your instructor immediately. All essays and tests are subject to an additional oral and/or written test at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university.

Marc R. Plamondon, Ph.D. Department of English Studies Nipissing University