Course Overview

August 25th, 2015 Comments off

Welcome to FOUN 098-55:


Class time:         Tuesday and Thursday: 2:30-3:52 PM
Location:            Vaughan Literature Building 101

Instructor:         Song Chen
Office:                14 Marts Hall
Phone:               (570) 577-3262
Office hours:      Monday 2-3 pm; Thursday 4-5 pm, and by appointment

Course Overview

The increasing availability of digital corpora and the development of massive databases are bringing a revolution to the humanities field: they challenge historians and literary scholars to ask new questions, answer them with new approaches, and present their findings to a wider audience in new ways. This course both explores a variety of visualization projects in the humanities disciplines and teaches students to create their own visualization projects with existing tools. The primary objective of this course is to help students develop a basic literacy of available digital tools in the humanities and a critical understanding of the capabilities and limitations of visualization for humanities scholarship. It aims to help students develop a set of skills, which may be transferred to their academic work in upcoming years and their future career. The course is designed primarily for students interested in the conversation between computer science and the humanities, regardless of specific disciplinary affiliation and regional, temporal, or thematic specialization. All readings, lab materials, and other assignments are in English. This course does not involve programming, nor does it require any prior knowledge of it.


Course Objectives (mapped to University Educational Goals, described here):

With study in this course, at the end of the semester you are expected to:

  • Understand how the digital revolution transforms humanities scholarship citizens (maps to University Educational Goals 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9);
  • Have introductory familiarity with a wide range of digital tools used for humanities visualization (maps to University Educational Goals 1, 2, 4, 8, 9);
  • Demonstrate the ability to choose the appropriate tools based on project needs and use them to create informative visualizations (maps to University Educational Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9); and
  • Be able to critically evaluate the design and implementation of different humanities visualization projects (maps to University Educational Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

To download the full syllabus, click here.

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