Digital Humanities in Practice
Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course focuses on the development of both theoretical and practical skills in digital humanities. Students will learn how digital platforms can be used in research in the humanities. In the theoretical component of the course, students read academic texts on digital humanities research and do practical research on selected projects in the digital humanities. The course focuses on student active research. Students gain practical research experience as digital humanists by developing projects in ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base. This knowledge base is a scientific, open access, relational database programmed in Drupal that documents creative work, research, events and actors in the field of electronic literature.
Students in the course will gain practical experience through working with one or more of the following areas:
- editing: researching, writing, and editing entries about electronic literature in the Knowledge Base.
- web design and user interface development
- project planning and implementation; team-work and academic collaboration
- visualization based research methods
This course provides a unique opportunity for students to get real-world experience working with scholars on an international research project in electronic literature and the digital humanities, and to contribute to the state of the art in these fields.
The ELMCIP Knowledge Base is based at the University of Bergen and can be accessed at http://elmcip.net/knowledgebase
Contributions to the ELMCIP Knowledge Base are publicly accessible and licenced with a Creative Commons, non-commercial share-alike license (nc-sa).
The candidate has:
- an overview of current debates and concepts in the digital humanities, and familiarity with a selection of digital humanities projects
- a fundamental understanding of online research platforms
The candidate can:
- research and write short critical descriptions of works and actors in an aesthetic field for a scholarly database
- assess the usefulness of a range of digital humanities strategies in specific scholarly work
- discuss and prioritise organisational and design choices in developing a scholarly database
- develop distant reading research strategies to study trends and patterns in a large dataset
- has practice-based experience in team-work and with working with an international research project
- can use digital research methods
Required Previous Knowledge
60 ECTS in Digital Culture, or the equivalent; or 60 ECTS in Comparative Literature.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB.
Teaching and learning methods
There will be four hours of teaching each week for twelve weeks during the semester, split between one theoretical and one practical seminar each week.
Student workload is estimated at 20 hours per week from the beginning of the semester until the exam, including during weeks without classes. This time should be spent attending classes, reading the assigned readings, completing assignments, contributing to the database projects, and gathering relevant material in the library and online (books, articles, videos, etc).
If there are fewer than five students enrolled in the course, the institute can choose to reduce the hours of instruction, as per guidelines published on Mitt UiB. If this is the case, students will be able to find information about the revision of course hours at the start of the semester, before the deadline for semester registration (Feb. 1).
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All learning activities in the course are compulsory, including classroom activities and assigned work on the database outside of the classroom. Course participation will be approved by the course coordinator. If a student is absent for more than 25% of classes the student must show a doctor's note for absences or he or she will not be able to take the exam.
Forms of Assessment
Report with an accompanying oral presentation which can adjust the grade of the report. The oral presentation can adjust the letter grade one level up or down.
The report shall be about 3000 words long and shall document work that has been done in the database throughout the semester.
The oral presentation shall present the student's practical work and situate it within the context of the digital humanities.
Grade scale A-F.
Readings from scholarly articles in the digital humanities, current debates in social media, critical writing on electronic literature for use in practical assignments, and use and development of the ELMCIP Knowledge Base.
Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Programme Committee for Digital Culture
Programme Committee for Digital Culture
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.
Type of assessment: Report and adjusting oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Report
- Submission deadline
- 28.11.2019, 13:00
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Adjusting oral examination