ENG 250: Literature and Digital Culture offers a guided introduction to new technologies scholars use to study literature in our global, digital world. This web-based course is designed for the “tech-curious” with opportunities for all levels to learn new technology and critically examine questions about equitable access to home, belonging, and environmental justice. Together, we will explore how digital technologies illuminate and obscure inequities related to class, race, ability/disability, nationhood, and citizenship, etc.
We will pair our study of digital culture, home, and environmental justice with the University of Oregon 2020/2021 Common Reading Clade, excerpts from Elizabeth Rush's Rising: Dispatches from the New American Short, and a selection of digital humanities projects. We will practice how to critically read and discuss climate change and environmental justice in a digital environment; describe and process relevant "data" using a variety of digital methods; and work individually and in teams to develop critical questions and make recommendations for engaging digital communities in the issues we uncover together. This class is offered online and satisfies a General Education Arts and Letters Group Requirement. It is a required course in the DH minor and serves as a prerequisite for English 470: Technologies and Texts Capstone.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
Digital Humanities Minor courses integrate literary study with the use of digital tools and technologies. Students in the minor learn how to make interpretive arguments by building digital archives and maps, interacting with digital games, using web-based publishing platforms, and visualizing data. The minor pays particular attention to the culture of creation in literary and cultural analysis.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.