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Discover how digital tools and methods can help you explore your subject in exciting new ways. Understand how digital technology is transforming our world, creating inequality and opportunity.

Introducing Digital Humanities

Enhance your degree

The minor in Digital Humanities is a unique programme that complements your skills in a humanities discipline with training in digital methods and a deeper understanding of how digital technologies are shaping our lives and our future. It is available to students on Single Honours degrees through Flexible Honours, a scheme that allows you to take 40 credits (equivalent to one third of your course credits for the year) in another subject. All our courses are also available as free choice units and all students can earn a Certificate in Digital Humanities. The courses take place in the new Digital Humanities Lab, where students are provided with a laptop.

Develop new skills

Over three years, you will explore how techniques like mapping, distant reading, and data visualisation can transform the way you read books, understand the past, and communicate your ideas. You will create and curate your own digital projects and exhibitions, developing specialist expertise in digital methods relating to your main subject area. You will also be able to choose between a range of optional courses, including digital literary studies, the spatial humanities, data visualisation, and computational and statistical methods, with the opportunity to create your own dissertation-level digital project in your major subject area in your final year. Please note that no technical experience is required, as all training will be provided.

Participate in the debates of tomorrow

The courses touch on key concepts and debates around digital media, politics, and culture, such as data collection and civil liberties or the ethics of artificial intelligence. Why do search engines misrepresent women and people of colour? How do digital platforms spread conspiracy theories and ‘fake news’? How does Facebook predict its users’ sexual orientation or mental health? And to what purposes is this data put? The minor will help you understand key debates of our time and equips you with the knowledge you need to make your voice heard.

Bridge the gap between creativity and technology

With its combined focus on technical skills, creativity and criticism, the minor will allow you to develop skills and the confidence needed to thrive in a variety of workplaces looking for people who can bridge the gap between creative and technical work.

Explore course units

Level 1

Core unit – you will be automatically enrolled onto the following unit (20 credits):

CodeTitleCredits
DIGI10111 Introduction to Digital Humanities 20

Optional units - Please choose 20 credits from the following list:

CodeTitleCredits
CAHE10341 Understanding the Past: Human Stories through Science 20
ECON10151 Computing for Social Scientists 20
SOAN10361 Introduction to Business Anthropology: Consumers, Companies and Culture 20
SOCY10441 Media, Culture & Society 20
SOST10012 Understanding Social Media 20
SOST10021 Measuring Inequalities (Unequal Societies) 20
SOST10142 Applied Statistics for Social Scientists 20
UCIL20122 AI: Robot Overlord, Replacement or Colleague? 10
UCIL20132 Trust and Security in a Digital World: From Fake News to Cybercriminals 10
UCIL20282 Information Visions: Past, Present and Future 10/20
UCIL26002 Digital Society: Your Place in a Networked World 10

*The availability of optional units may vary.

Level 2

Core unit – you will be automatically enrolled onto the following unit (20 credits):

CodeTitleCredits
DIGI20020 Digital Tools for the Humanities 20

Optional units - Please choose 20 credits from the following list:

CodeTitleCredits
BMAN10252 Fundamentals of Technological Change 10
BMAN20792 Technology, Strategy and Innovation 10
EART24102 Extracting and Communicating Knowledge from Environmental Data 10
EART29102 Geospatial Techniques 10
EDUC20221 Digital Marketing & Promotion 10
GEOG20502 Spatial Thinking with GIS: Constructing and exploring virtual worlds 20
GEOG20621 Skills for Geographers 20
LAWS20441 Making Sense of Criminological Data 20
LELA20232 Quantitative Methods in Language Sciences 20
HSTM20782 The Information Age 10/20
MUSC20511 Popular Music in the Digital Age 20
SOCY20041 Social Network Analysis 20
SOCY20242 New Media 20
UCIL20122 AI: Robot Overlord, Replacement or Colleague? 10
UCIL20132 Trust and Security in a Digital World: From Fake News to Cybercriminals 10
UCIL20282 Information Visions: Past, Present and Future 10/20
UCIL26002 Digital Society: Your Place in a Networked World 10

*The availability of optional units may vary.

Level 3

Core unit – you will be automatically enrolled onto the following unit (20 credits):

CodeTitleCredits
  Digital Humanities Research Project 20

Optional units - Please choose 40 credits from the following list:

CodeTitleCredits
DIGI30012 Literary Landscapes 20
DIGI30022 Mapping the Past: Spatial History 20
HCRI30212 Geographic Information Systems and Disasters 20
UCIL20122 AI: Robot Overlord, Replacement or Colleague? 10
UCIL20132 Trust and Security in a Digital World: From Fake News to Cybercriminals 10
UCIL20282 Information Visions: Past, Present and Future 10/20
UCIL26002 Digital Society: Your Place in a Networked World 10

*The availability of optional units may vary.

Contact

Programme Director: Dr Luca Scholz