Information Studies


INSTG061 Advanced Topics in DH


The team-taught, student-centered module will introduce students to some of the key debates that are driving forward digital humanities scholarship internationally. It is an advanced-level module taught as a research-led, problem-based seminar. Debates and issues to be covered include:


  • What is Digital Humanities and what is it not?
  • Can you have Digital Humanities without the Digital? 
  • Why study users?
  • Usability or the poetics of design?
  • The computer: research partner or slave?
  • Is the book a dying form?
  • Is the internet weakening our brains?
  • Now that anyone can make a map, do we need geographers anymore?

In order to equip students to critically evaluate such arguments taught sessions will explore issues such as what the characteristics of good and bad arguments are and as well as effective ways of making claims and assembling evidence. An applied dimension will also be included in taught classes by a consideration of the ways that theoretical debates are influencing Digital Humanities scholarship in practice. The aim of this module is to ensure that students are aware of, and able to critically and independently evaluate, the key debates in international digital humanities scholarship. It also aims to give students a structured and scaffolded introduction to research-led teaching and learning. In addition to introducing students to current debates it will give them the essential skills and critical mindset needed to undertake lifelong learning, for example, by keeping up to date with global developments in this fast-growing discipline 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to: 

  • Identify current debates in international Digital Humanities scholarship
  • Discuss the key characteristics and evolution of such debates
  • Understand the hallmarks of good and bad arguments along with effective ways of assembling evidence and reasons
  • Analyse information in an imaginative and creative way so as to substantiate opinions and arguments  
  • Research and present information and hypotheses effectively and comprehensively
  • Understand the ways that theoretical debates can inform practice in Digital Humanities
  • Challenge the dominant paradigms in digital humanities thinking


Class presentation and 3000 word portfolio 

Further information for students currently taking this module