HIST 3059 - Digital Worlds: Past, Present and Future

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

The digital revolution is transforming the world at an ever-increasing pace. As a result, the current generation of young people will experience more change in their lifetimes than any generation of human beings who have ever lived. This course explores this digital revolution and its social, political, economic, philosophical, biological and environmental implications. In particular, we study the impact of digital technologies on the organisation of knowledge and the conduct of academic research. The course is highly interactive, and students are encouraged to focus on those aspects of the digital revolution that are most relevant to their chosen disciplines. Students will also get hands-on experience of working with digital technologies to engage with intellectual problems. Students will emerge from the course, not only with enhanced technical skills, but with a deeper understanding of the two-way relationship between technology and society.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 3059
    Course Digital Worlds: Past, Present and Future
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 15 units of Digital Humanities Major courses
    Restrictions Available to students undertaking a Digital Humanities Major. Other students require permission from Course Coordinator
    Course Description The digital revolution is transforming the world at an ever-increasing pace. As a result, the current generation of young people will experience more change in their lifetimes than any generation of human beings who have ever lived. This course explores this digital revolution and its social, political, economic, philosophical, biological and environmental implications. In particular, we study the impact of digital technologies on the organisation of knowledge and the conduct of academic research.

    The course is highly interactive, and students are encouraged to focus on those aspects of the digital revolution that are most relevant to their chosen disciplines. Students will also get hands-on experience of working with digital technologies to engage with intellectual problems. Students will emerge from the course, not only with enhanced technical skills, but with a deeper understanding of the two-way relationship between technology and society.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Aaron Humphrey

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the ways in which technology have shaped human history.

    2.Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the emerging field of digital humanities and the epistemological and methodological issues which underpin digital humanities.

    3. Apply digital technologies creatively and imaginatively in order to address specific academic and real-world problems.

    4. Engage critically with the social, economic, political and philosophical questions with which humanity is confronted by the digital revolution.

    5. Employ digital technologies to facilitate teamwork and communication with other students and to accomplish team-based missions.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1,2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2,3,5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3,5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3,4,5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1,2,3,4,5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no specific requirements, but students will need access to computing facilities for their independent work in this course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Workload - Structured Learning Total Hours
    12 x 3 hour workshops 36 hours per semester
    3 hours per week of structured online activities 36 hours per semester
    Total = 72 hours per semester
    Workload - Self-Directed Learning Total Hours
    5 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    12 hours project work per week 204 hours per semester
    Total = 240 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Workshop Topic
    1 a). Theory & History: Introduction to Digital Humanities
    b). Practical: Skills assessments
    c). Project: Students choose projects
    2 a). Theory & History: History of technology: From the Paleolithic to the Iron Age
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    3 a). Theory & History: History of technology: From the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    4 a). Theory & History: History of technology: From the Inustrial Revolution to the Digital Revolution
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    5 a). Theory & History: History of technology: Our digital future: The world in 2040
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    6 a). Theory & History:The political and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    7 a). Theory & History: The evolution of Digital Humanities as an academic field
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    8 a). Theory & History: Digital methodologies in the humanities
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    9 a). Theory & History: Digital methodologies in the social sciences
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    10 a). Theory & History: Digital methodologies in the languages
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    11 a). Theory & History: Digital methodologies in the music and multimedia
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
    12 a). Theory & History: Employment opportunities in digital humanities
    b). Practical: Technology workshop
    c). Project: Students work on project
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcomes(s)
    Online tests (equivalent to 2,000 words) Formative and summative 30% 1,2
    Team project (equivalent to 5,000 words) Summative 30% 3,4,5
    Reflective journal (equivalent to 3,000 words) Summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    N.B. The second and third assessments are not discrete tasks but are two aspects of the same thing. The team project will take up more time than the reflective journal, but will produce fewer words. (A lot of students’ time may be taken up with the creation of data sets, statistical analysis, and the presentation of findings in audio-visual formats.) The journal, in which students reflect on their experiences of the project, will take less time than the project itself but produce far more words. The word figures given here are notional.


    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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