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The Digital Humanities program is the first of it's kind in Canada.


Courses in Digital Humanities at Western

Digital Humanities 1011A/B Programming my Digital Life
This is a first course in programming for students of all backgrounds. Topics include images, video, sound, and text; user interface; interaction design; web services and APIs; and microcontroller platforms like Arduino and Phidgets. Students complete a series of projects on animation, installation art, electronic music, theatre, visualization, and/or robotics.
Pre-or Corequisite(s):? Computer Science 1033A/B
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 2121F/G-2125F/G Special Topics in Digital Humanities
Please consult with the Department for current course offerings.
Prerequisite(s): Computer Science 1033A/B and Digital Humanities 1011A/B
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 2220A/B Computing and Informatics for the Humanities I
Essential information processing skills for humanities students. Includes an introduction to programming, using Python; creating programs and scripts to address problems that arise in applied research; examples of data sets and projects drawn from different areas of the humanities and social science. No previous programming background assumed.
Antirequisite(s): Computer Science 1025A/B or 1026A/B, Engineering Science 1036A/B, the former Computer Science 036A/B, Computer Science 2120A/B
Prerequisite(s): Computer Science 1033A/B and Digital Humanities 1011A/B
Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 1 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 2221A/B Computing and Informatics for the Humanities II.
A continuation of DH 2220A/B with a deeper exploration of organizing and manipulating large data sets. Project-based course.
Antirequisite(s): Computer Science 2210A/B, Software Engineering 2205A/B, the former Software Engineering 202a/b, Computer Science 2121A/B
Prerequisite(s): Digital Humanities 2220A/B
Extra Information:? 3 lecture hours, 1 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Digital Humanities 2301F/G Digital Fashion
How is the digital world changing fashion? Learn how the web changes how we shop, how designers change the way they create and showcase products, how trending sites move opinions about what is cool, and how new technologies let us play with digital design.? ?
Prerequisite(s): Computer Science 1033A/B and Digital Humanities 1011A/B
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 2302F/G Connecting Cultures
How is Shakespeare connected to Cervantes, New York to Tokyo, Baroque painting to videogames? Cultural networks grow in time and space through the creation of links among their elements. Through a set of digital tools, this course focuses on the discovery of connections that make culture possible.?
Antirequisite: SPA 3801F/G
Prerequisite(s): Computer Science 1033A/B and Digital Humanities 1011A/B
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 2303F/G Culture, Identity, and Community in Virtual Worlds
This course explores virtual worlds with a focus upon their articulations of new digital forms of identity, community, art, and communication. How does the extension of the “human” into virtual space impact our understanding of ourselves?  How can virtual worlds help us reappraise who we are and what we do? ?
Prerequisite(s): Computer Science 1033A/B and Digital Humanities 1011A/B
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 2921F/G-2925F/G Special Topics in Digital Humanities
Please consult with the Department for current course offerings.
Prerequisite(s): Computer Science 1033A/B and Digital Humanities 1011A/B
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 3220A/B Databases for the Humanities
A study of modern database systems and their applications to and use in humanities and social science projects.? Topics include database design, querying, administration, security, and privacy.??
Antirequisite(s): Computer Science 3319A/B, Software Engineering 3352A/B, Computer Science 3120A/B
Prerequisite(s): Digital Humanities 2221A/B
Extra Information:? 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 3304F/G Electronic Textuality and Digital Archives
A combination of hands-on instruction in Text Encoding Guidelines for electronic texts and digital archive and a theoretical exploration of issues involved in editing, marking up, and structuring of texts and archival materials. Students will create their own digital edition or archive using XML and HTML5.
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course of Digital Humanities at the 2000 level
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 3401F/G Visualizing Cultural Objects
Focus on visualizing and capturing cultural objects in order to preserve them, to permit consultation or to allow detailed analysis. Students will use instrumentation ranging from a simple camera to laser scanners and microCT scanners. Captured objects range from simple projections on a screen to fully immersive 3D environments. ?
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course of Digital Humanities at the 2000 level
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 3402F/G Experimental History
A hands-on workshop supplementing traditional historical and ethnographic methods with new modes of inquiry and expression. Students study experimental works, while working in a variety of new media including code; electronics and physical computing; 3D printing; alternate, augmented and mixed reality games; graphic novels; 3D photography; machinima and digital puppetry.
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course of Digital Humanities at the 2000 level
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 3501F/G Advanced Social Networking
This course examines in depth the theories and methods of social network analysis. People, cultural artifacts, and historical events are all interconnected in complex ways. Students learn how to apply social network analysis to examine the interconnectedness of nodes and thereby better understand the resulting social, economic, and cultural consequences.
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course of Digital Humanities at the 2000 level
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 3902F/G-3905F/G Special Topics in Digital Humanities
Please consult with the Department for current course offerings.
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course of Digital Humanities at the 2000 level
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.


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