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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2260 Digital Methods for History, Art and Literature

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: N. Kıvılcım Yavuz

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In the same way that technological developments affect our daily lives, advances in digital technologies have been impacting how we conduct research. We rely more and more on digital tools and platforms when gathering information, analysing evidence, creating knowledge and sharing results. This module provides an introduction to a range of digital methods and approaches used in the fields of history, art and literature. The area of study at the intersection of these and other humanities disciplines and digital technologies is usually called digital humanities or humanities computing. Although the theory and practice of digital humanities keep being redefined, the use of digital methods of one form or another has become customary in scholarship and research. In this module, students will both engage with theoretical frameworks for digital methodologies and gain hands-on experience in working with a range of digital tools and platforms. There will be opportunities to reflect on the impact of digital technologies on the production and dissemination of knowledge as well as to consider issues about diversity and inclusion, especially in the context of accessibility and sustainability of digital projects and resources.


Drawing on current trends and developments in digital technologies, the objective of this module is to provide students with an understanding of digital approaches to scholarship and to enable students to gain hands-on experience with a range of digital tools and platforms for the study of history, art and literature.

Learning outcomes
1. Upon completion of this module, students will have:
2. Understood key terms, concepts and debates in the field of digital humanities;
3. Demonstrated knowledge of a broad range of contemporary digital approaches and practices;
4. Used a range of digital tools and platforms to evaluate, analyse and present data and information;
5. Developed transferable digital skills to create, manage; communicate and share content in history, art and literature.
6. Applied fundamental standards and practices of scholarly research, discussion, and assessed work.


Indicative topics may include: digital humanities, digital literacy; data curation and data management; social network analysis; geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping; data visualisation; analogue, digitised and born-digital documents; digital storytelling; computer-assisted text analysis; image annotation; text encoding; machine learning; data mining; accessibility, discoverability and privacy; sustainability of digital resources; crowdsourcing; authority files and linked data; digital archives, repositories and exhibitions; blogging, vlogging and podcasting; websites and web publishing; social media.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours156.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for practicals (55 hours); wider reading and research (22 hours); preparation for and delivery of presentations and related components (30 hours); research and writing for digital portfolio (45 hours); reflection on feedback (4 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback on their two presentations and via discussions in practicals and office hours. They will need to discuss and have approved the topic of their digital portfolio by week 7.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationTwo presentations of 5 minutes each (each with slides and a 1000-word script) due week 4 and week 740.00
PortfolioDigital portfolio on a case study to be approved by the tutor by week 7- due exam week 160.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Presentations can be replaced for resits by either a 1000-word or a 2000-word essay depending on circumstances. The digital portfolio will be based on the same case study agreed for one of the presentations.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/10/2022


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