All core courses are offered in Session A (May 23 - July 1, 2022)
Required Core Course
In this course, we will evaluate a variety of digital humanities projects through theoretical scholarship in the field, in order to critically assess the value of the new knowledge that is being generated, and to weigh that knowledge in terms of traditional humanities methods. We will explore the fundamental arguments that are being advanced about these new methods and how they interact with humanities’ interpretive underpinnings. This course will prepare students to apply digital methods in ethical, reflective, and responsible ways—understanding the potentials of the digital within the humanities.
Section 1: James B. Harr, III; Session A, MTuWTh 10:00am-12:00pm, Online.
Required Core Course
In this applied course, you will learn foundational knowledge of cutting edge data science tools through hands-on work. By the end of this course, students will learn how to program Python in Jupyter Notebooks, and how to access archives and explore and visualize data for purposes of social network analysis, computational text analysis, and machine learning.
Section 1: Tom van Nuenen, Session A, MTuWTh 1:00-3:00pm, Online.
All elective courses are offered in Session D (July 5 - August 12, 2022). UC Berkeley students may opt to take one course (DigHum 125) in the Spring 2022 semester.
Three electives are required for completion of the Minor or Certificate in Digital Humanities.
This innovative course will introduce students to a broad range of digital humanities techniques as they are applied to issues of social justice, equality, and activism in various media. Themes or institutional focus may vary with the research background of the instructor (for example, climate change, cultural heritage, hate speech analytics). Students will be introduced to the work of relevant thought leaders and industry experts outside of the academy. A final project will allow students to use one or more of these methods in a case study of their own choosing.
Section 1: DH and Social Justice
Lisa Pieraccini and Justin Underhill, Spring 2022, Th 2:00-5:00pm, in-person.
This course will investigate foundational principles of cultural heritage and its material preservation, with a particular focus on emerging threats to historic sites and objects through digital humanities (such as global warming, religious extremism, armed conflict, and racial injustice). It will explore and engage with innovative technologies utilized to confront a variety of global challenges. Students will gain ‘hands-on’ practice in laser scanning, photogrammetry, and digital mapping with field trips to local heritage sites and museums in the Bay Area, case study projects and much more. There is a real urgency and agency in stripping away old models for understanding material culture – especially ancient cultural heritage sites. This class embarks on exciting and new trajectories within art history, material culture studies as well as cutting-edge digital humanities, charting new ways for seeing, examining and understanding culture heritage. The class is thus a “journey” of sorts, a dialogue with technology, art, cultures and historicities in an attempt to fully engage with cultural heritage issues through a twenty-first century lens. The course will take the “long view” of cultural heritage, looking at art history from a global and transhistorical and trans cultural perspective. At the end of the semester, we will create an online portfolio/course website that showcases our work.
Archival Design can make rare sources accessible to a broad audience in ways that offer conceptual structure, critical analysis, and user flexibility. In this area, students learn to transform traditional primary sources into dynamic digital archives, receiving dual training in conducting scholarly research and designing digital projects.
Section 1: Immersive Digital Archives: Cultural Heritage and the Future of Digital Humanities
Kea Johnston, Session D, MTuWTh 3:00-5:00pm, Online.
Online archival resources for cultural heritage are at the forefront of developing public digital humanities. How can the past be captured in digital form? Can advanced media visualization, such as augmented and virtual Reality, give new insights on ancient data? Can public dissemination of research using gamification positively impact our lives in the present? How can we ensure that our digital cultural achievements last as long as pyramids built in stone?
This course will pair readings on the theory and practice of visual and public digital humanities cultural heritage projects. The digital archive resources used in class will be used to critique current offerings and trends in digital data capture and open access resources. The final project will be the creation of a new digital cultural heritage resource, presenting content created by students through a digital platform: augmented or virtual reality, location-based games, or a combination of both. Students will be offered a choice of visual and textual archival data from the UC Berkeley Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the National Museum of Sudan, or can identify their own open-access archival source of interest.
Textual and Language Analysis addresses a range of language use, spanning from the literary to the informal. Computational programs allow for humanistic inquiry and support critical analysis of texts. Students in this area learn to understand linguistics, genre, style, comparative analyses and literary interpretation through the digital.
Section 1: Introduction to Computational Literary Analysis
Jonathan Reeve, Session D, MTuWTh 12:00-2:00pm, Online.
Computational literary analysis is the quantitative study of literature using computational tools. This course serves as an introduction, and presumes no background in computer science. We will learn techniques of text analysis such as stylometry, topic modeling, and word embeddings, using the Python programming language. Novels to be read and analyzed include Wilkie Collins's mystery novel The Moonstone, and two short story collections: James Joyce's Dubliners and Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party and Other Stories.
Critical Digital Humanities evaluates how information-age technologies influence and impact humanistic inquiry. Digital capacities allow us to ask new questions, but they also shape how we organize and receive knowledge. Training a critical eye on the field allows us analyze the impact of the digital on the study of the humanities, and the culture at large. Fulfills L&S Philosophy & Values breadth.
Section 1: Digital Hermeneutics: Analyzing Platform Communities
Thomas Van Nuenen, Session D, MTuWTh 9:30-11:30am, Online.
TThis course places the tradition of hermeneutics--the study of interpretation--in the context of contemporary, data-driven society. Based on a historical overview of hermeneutics, it asks: how can we critically assess the algorithmically driven and often controversial claims to knowledge to be found in online communities? Using text analytics, we will analyze how knowledge is generated and negotiated on social platforms such as Reddit. In doing so, we will build skills in both natural language processing and close reading, in order to push back against problems of filter bubbles, post-truths, and alternative facts.