Exploration of Digital Humanities (HIST*4170) | College of Arts

Exploration of Digital Humanities (HIST*4170)

Code and section: HIST*4170*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Kim Martin


Method of Delivery:

This course will be conducted in a remote synchronous format. Class will meet:
On Mondays & Wednesday 10:00-11:20 am for discussion and hands-on activity on Microsoft Teams

Course Synopsis:

This course will focus on the role of digital methods in historical and cultural research. The tools and interfaces you are introduced to in class, as well as those you investigate as part of your assignments, will help you to ground a topic of your choice (be it a person, an event, a historical artifact, a piece of writing, a location, or a work of literature, a work of music, or visual or performance art) in its historical or social context. This will enhance your understanding of your chosen topic and show you how digital tools can help you to organize, investigate, and interpret sources, develop an argument based on your findings, and theorize and/or prototype a digital humanities project.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, student will:

  1. Increase their digital literacy skills, and gain an awareness of a wide variety of digital tools for historical research
  2. Be able to comprehend and use language appropriate to digital humanities research 
  3. Understand and be able to analyze the advantages of different methodologies of digital humanities inquiry
  4. Learn to collect, manage, and manipulate digital data from various sources
  5. Be able to formulate, direct, and complete a digital humanities project, and explain its significance to academic and lay audiences
  6. Have the ability to situate critically some of the larger debates within digital humanities and their relationship to traditional humanities disciplines



Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Participation - 20%
Reading Reflections - 15%
Digital tool critique - 15%
Proposal/Annotated Bibliography - 15%
Final Assignment - 35%
Total - 100%

Texts Required:

There are no required textbooks for this course. 

*Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.