2016 Transdisciplinary studies 10:Digital Humanities

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Humanities and social science courses
Inohara Takehiro  Murai Hajime  Matsumoto Naoko 
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Course description and aims

This course is designed and delivered to cultivate the following abilities, attributes, and perspectives which are appropriate and required for those students who study at one of the top leading comprehensive universities of science and technology in Japan.
By the completion of this course, the students will have
1) the ability to recognize and explain the nature and broadening scope of certain fields and/or disciplines in science and engineering,
2) the ability to examine the ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications/Influences) of those fields and/or disciplines and what role they should play in society and for society,
3) the attitude to seek the broad and transdisciplinary perspectives on science and engineering, and
4) the ability to develop an attitude to examine one's own field of study with a multi-dimensional framework.
This course is designed, developed, and offered jointly by the respective School and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

Humanities has been done in traditional methodologies of humanities. On the other hand, Digital Humanities is a new scholarship which utilizes developping digital techniques and it plans to synthesize knowledge of humanities and techniques of science. It starts with how to archive cultural heritage, and moves to appropriate format for describing multilingual multidisciplinary data, and also considers about quantitative semantic analysis based on large scale data and computer resources. In the lecture, fields of literature, music, ideologies and religions are focused as a target, and new horizon of humanities are presented by utilizing digital humanities.

Student learning outcomes

The one goal is to study how to analyze humanities fields by various digital techniques. The other is to consider about humanities iteself and to think about possibilities of scientific methodologies, and future visions of scolarships.


Digital Humanities, Digitize, Humanities, Stylometrics, Bibliometrics, Computational musicology

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Because Digital Humanities are new scalarship, there is no traditional clear methodologies. Therefore in the lecture, based on examples of analysis, it is examined what type of methodologies and approaches are effective for what types of data and goals.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Digitaizing humanities To learn about the need and significance of digitizing humanities
Class 2 Methodologies of digital humanities To understand frequently utilized several methodologies of digital humanities
Class 3 Stylometrics To learn author estimation and change of styles from the viewpoint of quantitative approach
Class 4 Computational musicology To understand significance and methodologies of digitizing music based on cutting-edge research philosophy
Class 5 Bibliometrics To learn what can be clarified based on quantitative analysis of metadata of text
Class 6 Quantitative creative writing To learn writing styles and revision process based on observational data of novel writing
Class 7 Geographic Information System To learn about fundamental of GIS and examples of GIS utilization in digital humanities
Class 8 Quantitative critics, quantitative narratology To learn methodologies for quantitative analysis of critics and quantitative narratology


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Akifumi Tokosumi, Hajime Murai, "Approaching to quality from quantity", Shinyo-sha (Japanese), ISBN-10: 478851396X

Assessment criteria and methods

Brief reports at last of each lectures (50), and one report (50) based on assignments which you can select from assignments of every lectures.

For the credits of this course, as with all the other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), students have to submit an original paper which addresses "the nature and scope" of the given field/discipline and its "social role." An important part of assessment is made on the quality of the paper. Details of the requirements of the paper will be explained in the first class meeting.

Related courses

  • LAH.T310 : Special Lecture: Text Hermeneutics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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