DIGI405-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)

Texts, Discourses and Data: the Humanities and Data Science

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Zoom
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 Online Delivery
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Online Delivery
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator

Christopher Thomson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Course participation 10%
Lab exercises 20% Four exercises worth 5% each
Corpus building project 15%
Corpus analysis assignment 25%
Final examination 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $969.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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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