This course explores the shapes that literacy takes with new technologies, and what that means for us as writers and teachers in a time where technologies of writing appear to be rapidly shifting.
Digital Media and Digital Humanities Courses at Pitt
This course takes up the recent turn toward computer code as an object of study in the humanities, as exemplified in the fields of digital humanities, digital media, software studies and critical code studies.
This course is a studio-based workshop where students will learn make stories using digital media.
Undergraduate Composition Courses
This introductory course offers students opportunities to improve as writers by developing their understanding of how they and others use writing to interpret and share experiences, affect behavior, and position themselves in the world.
In this course we will examine the contexts for, and rhetorical dimensions of, a variety of professional documents, including those documents students produce in the course itself.
The course will explore the ethics of writing for the public, the impact of rhetorical contexts on writing, and how writing and revision can allow you to understand a public problem or issue in a new way.
This course prepares students to critically examine the intersections between digital devices and human life by exploring the relationship between computers and humans, surveillance, big data, and interactivity and games.
This course allows students to explore the rhetorical implications of design and invites them to consider design and writing as an integrated process.
This course requires students to compose digital media while exploring the rhetorical, poetic, and political implications of multiple writing platforms.
This course will follow a critical making approach to engage with the role that data have played in contemporary communications.
Undergraduate Film Courses
This course will emphasize the process of critically viewing specific media artifacts and provide tools to students that will allow them to comprehend and evaluate information presented by a variety of forms of visual media.
This course aims to develop reading and writing skills that can be used to better interpret visual cultural and its role in contemporary life.
This course will provide an introduction to a critical approach to new media, including television, computers, digital image production, video games, and web-based platforms.
This course examines a number of key debates in the history of visual and verbal media, beginning with the technology of writing itself and moving into the invention of the codex, the printing press, and 19th and 20th century forms of imagistic production.
Undergraduate Literature Courses
This interdisciplinary course explores the relationships between language and the diverse kinds of images that often accompany it (film, video, photography, book illustration, painting, etc.).
This course explores the ways in which new technologies impact how we engage with stories by examining the relationship between traditional literary forms and contemporary media, such as hypertext, web logs, fan fiction, video games, comics, and interactive fiction.
This course is inspired by the Secret [city name here] series of travel books that pride themselves on being “local guides by local people.” As such, the class offers you the chance to embrace the viewpoint of these books by striving to “look more closely at the urban landscape and to see your own city with the curiosity and attention that we often display while traveling elsewhere.”
This course introduces students to the use of computational modeling and programming to conduct text-based research in the humanities.