Altissia Chair: The Digital Turn in Culture & Ethics

lfial2010  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Altissia Chair: The Digital Turn in Culture & Ethics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h
Main themes
The advent of the digital age in the 1980s led to the dematerialisation of information, paving the way for innovations that have had a profound effect on society. Digital technology is not a "veneer of modernity" superimposed on the reality that surrounds us; it is a fundamental movement that confronts real and virtual, and influences language, the arts, culture, social relations, thought systems and even our perception of space and time. This fundamental digital movement therefore impacts the subjects that are at the very heart of the disciplines we teach in the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters, while also giving rise to important societal challenges, both ethical and democratic.
Contrary to what the expression "digital native" might suggest, it is not enough to have been born in the era of computers and tablets to develop a critical eye and a deep understanding of the digital challenges in our society and, more specifically, in our Faculty's fields of specialisation. That is the purpose of this course.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The purpose of this course is to dialogically encourage the students to "think" digital. At the end of this course, they will be able to identify, understand, and critically examine the changes induced by the digital while assessing the attendant cultural or ethical issues.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course will cover the concepts necessary for a critical discussion on the digital.
Teaching methods
Lectures, readings, classroom discussions, workshops involving experimenting with various digital humanities (DH) tools or discussing relevant/established DH projects.
Evaluation methods
Essay (at least 1,500 words) reflecting on a topic relevant to the course topics.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ethics

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Translation

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Interpreting

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics