Exploring the Field of Digital Humanities


Course Objective

• Introduction to the field of digital Humanities and Social analytics
and current research projects in the field
• Become familiar with a number of large and important collections of
digital texts, data and images;
* Acquire basic knowledge of how DH collections are structured, and how
they can be searched and analyzed with simple tools and techniques
• Learn how to critically analyse DH projects
* Exploration of usage of DH techniques for job opportunities

Course Content

In our globalizing and increasingly digital world of big data, urge is
growing for scholars who are trained in comparing complex and long term
sets of quantitative and qualitative data. The sources and objects
studied in history, media, literature, and linguistics are also
increasingly becoming available digitally. What is Digital Humanities
and what is the history of this field of research? What are the main
debates, the most dominant subfields and techniques used? In this course
you will be introduced to this cross-disciplinary research field, to the
data collections, computational tools and methods used in the field. In
class we will also discuss what is really new about digital humanities
and evaluate both the promises and the limits of some digital methods.
Through guest lectures by DH researchers and DH practitioners, students
get a taste of current digital humanities projects in the Netherlands,
the questions posed, the software used, the analytical
problems, the obstacles they encounter as well as the successes

Teaching Methods

Guest lectures and seminars.

Method of Assessment

Participation & assignments (25%), Exam (75%).


Will be provided through Canvas.

Target Audience

The minor Digital Humanities and Social Analytics is an
interdisciplinary minor, welcoming especially computer science students,
social science students and humanities students of all disciplines. All
courses are taught in English and focus on collaboration and
project-based learning.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAALG072
Credits 3 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. I.B. Leemans
Examiner prof. dr. I.B. Leemans
Teaching Staff prof. dr. I.B. Leemans

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
Target audiences

This course is also available as: