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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2260 Digital Methods for History, Art and Literature

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: N. Kıvılcım Yavuz

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module encompasses a broad range of digital methods and approaches used in the fields of history, art and literature. Students will both engage with theoretical frameworks for digital methodologies and gain hands-on practical experience in working with 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 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 practical experience with a range of digital tools and platforms for the study of history, art and literature.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Engage with and evaluate key terms, concepts and debates in the field of digital humanities;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of a broad range of contemporary digital approaches and practices;
3. Use a range of digital tools and platforms to evaluate, analyse and present humanistic data and information.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
4. Deliver effective and engaging oral and visual presentations to a variety of audiences;
5. Employ technology appropriately and ethically and identify appropriate technologies and digital platforms for discrete tasks;
6. Engage with new digital practices and perspectives to solve problems, make decisions and answer new questions.


Indicative topics may include: digital humanities; digital literacy; data curation and data management; artificial intelligence; social network analysis; relational and non-relational databases; geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping; data visualisation; analogue, digitised and born-digital documents; digital storytelling; natural language processing and large language models; computer-assisted text analysis; image annotation; text encoding; digital editing; 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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will submit a 1000-word critical review for a digital project as a formative assignment in advance of choosing their case study and submitting their first summative assignment. This formative assignment is designed in order for students to closely examine a digital humanities project (for example, in order to understand how humanistic content works with digital elements and to identify good practices as well as shortcomings). They will receive peer-feedback as well as feedback from the module leader for this formative assignment. Students will then apply what they have learned from their observations of these projects and the feedback they received for developing their summative assignments.

Students will be actively learning to use a variety of digital tools and platforms through a variety of applied tasks throughout the module practicals. The practicals themselves will provide opportunities for formative feedback from the module leader as the students develop their skills.

Students will receive feedback on their presentation, which they will use as a starting point for their digital portfolio. Students will consolidate the feedback they received on their presentation and their work in practicals into the digital portfolio at the end of the module. Therefore, feedback (written and oral) on summative work also has a key formative function.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation10-minute verbal presentation with slides30.00
PortfolioDigital portfolio70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

In consultation with the module leader, the students will choose a case study that they will be working on throughout the module. Both assignments will be on the same case study, the second building on the first. The presentation may be recorded, depending on the size of the group. The digital portfolio will utilise different digital tools and platforms.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/05/2024 11:55:45


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