DIGI405-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Texts, Discourses and Data: the Humanities and Data Science

15 points
Details:
Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019

Description

This course examines computer-aided methods used in digital humanities and the social sciences for analysing discourses, an object of study that draws together multiple ways that language reflects and shapes social meanings. Within this context, it introduces concepts and methods for analysing natural language data and applies these through a series of practical lab classes. The first part of the course focuses on classic discourse analysis methods drawn from corpus linguistics, as well as the essential preprocessing steps used to prepare texts for a range of analytical purposes. In the second part of the course we study topic modeling, a technique for unsupervised, exploratory data analysis that has been widely used in digital humanities, and, finally, consider supervised text classification methods to identify discursive attributes such as sentiment, genre, or style.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Apply exploratory data analysis methods relevant to the humanities to a corpus of texts
  • Preprocess text data in a range of ways and provide appropriate justification for these in their analyses
  • Explain the social and cultural contexts of data analysis and interpretation practices and their implications
  • Identify ethical and political dimensions to discourse analysis and text mining methods.

Pre-requisites

By permission of the Programme Coordinator

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

02 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Rehua 009 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 141 1 Apr - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Christopher Thomson

Textbooks / Resources

Baker, P. 'Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis'. Bloomsbury, 2006. (Available from UBS).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $923.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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