Belongs to module Digital Humanities (LDA-H50030).
Mandatory course for those taking the module.
The course is available to students from all study tracks and other degree programmes.
The course is part of the digital humanities 30 cr module, the recommended optional studies vary annually depending on what courses are offered (for this check Helsinki Digital Humanities / Heldig.fi website).
After this course the student understands the scope of digital humanities and the interplay between the digital and the main research questions as they are formulated in humanities. The student has familiarised herself with different approaches, both in theory and in practice, within the broad field of digital humanities. The student knows digital resources and understands the basics of data management. She also understands the basics of ethical questions regarding digital humanities.
Autumn term of second year of master studies, periods 1/2. The aim is to offer the course in the form of contact teaching every year. Also a MOOC option might become available over time. In those years when the course is not offered as contact teaching, it may be taken as a book exam or as an independently written essay.
The course is an introduction to digital humanities, designed together with a complimentary course on introduction to methods in digital humanities. Introduction to digital humanities will focus on the main question what is digital humanities (and digital in the humanities). The course will sketch the whole outline of digital humanities including communities and communication, structural contexts of digital humanities, methods, open science, research ethics as well as critical reflections on digital humanities.
If the course is not offered as contact teaching, the required literature for the 5-credit book exam will be given separately.
When organized as contact teaching, the course readings will consist of a selection of texts taken from publications such as the following. The literature will be communicated to the students at the beginning of the course.
Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg (eds), Between humanities and the digital, MIT Press, 2015
David Berry, Understanding Digital Humanities, Palgrave McMillan, 2012
Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane and Ray Siemens (eds) Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research, Routledge, 2017.
Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, R. and John Unsworth, A New Companion to Digital Humanities, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
When organized in the form of contact teaching, the course will consist of lectures, group discussions, presentations by students and/or other suitable activities. The course is reflective and student-based. The completion of the course includes in-class assignments as well as a final essay.
Course organized in the form of contact teaching: final essay, student presentations and/or discussion group reports; other assessment methods may also apply.
Alternatively book exam or essay.
Grading scale: 0-5
The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching methods of the course.
The course will be offered either in the form of contact teaching or as a book exam or an independently written essay.
Attendance requirements will be discussed at course start.