HUM2DH3: Introduction to Digital Humanities

Calendar Description: This course will introduce students to digital humanities research methods and tools. Students will learn about three primary impulses that drive digital scholarship: analysis, preservation, and resource creation. They will work with existing digital resources, learning to use and assess them effectively; and will also digitize material to create new resources while learning about copyright, intellectual property, and accessibility. 3 unit(s) / Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of a program in the Faculty of Humanities

Winter 2018 / Dr. Matthew Davis / Draft Syllabus

Course Description: Increasingly, data is the ocean we all swim in. Not just the decisions that we make, but the very notion that we have decisions to make – the options presented to us – are controlled by data aggregated, classified, and presented online. This ubiquity has reached the point where data is considered to be unabashedly objective – the wisdom of the crowd is assumed to be democratic, all-powerful, and incorruptible. But what if the crowd is wrong? What if the data we swim in actually limits our options? What if we can control that flow to shape the crowd to our point of view? What does that mean in terms of the purported objectivity of data, and more importantly of the decisions based upon it? This class is an introduction to some of the key topics, theories, and conversations that underlie the idea of “data.” Students will explore how data shapes cultural discourse and organizes popular ideas, and they will learn how to create and critically analyze and interpret modes of data dissemination and visualization through ongoing team-based work.

Electronics for the Rest of Us

An undergraduate course in the experiential learning track co-sponsored by the Integrated Science (iSci) and Arts & Science (ArtSci) programs here at McMaster. In a nutshell it’s a six-session course where the students learn the basics of the Arduino platform–both coding and electronics–and create a demonstration project.