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5310213: C19 Digital Humanities

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Semester:SS 22
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:67.5 h

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Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2019)


Digital Humanities stands at the intersection between digital technology and social action – between computing and humanities. Besides enabling digital innovation, digital technology has fundamentally changed the way we see the world, work, and socialise. We are increasingly challenged to make sense of data and information, and turn them into things we can use for different goals. On the other hand, we also need to adjust ourselves in order to collaborate with each other through digital technology – and sometimes even with digital technology itself. How far should we go? How do we find a balance? This course is primarily concerned with understanding different and sometimes contradicting views on the relationship between digital technology and social action. The course covers five primary topics:

  • Introduction to digital humanities
  • The computational turn
  • Favourable views on digitization and digitalization
  • Critical views on digitization and digitalization
  • Examples of digital humanities projects

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students will:

  • understand the basic concepts and underlying theories related to digital humanities
  • understand different and sometimes contradicting views on the relationship between digital technology and social actions
  • be able to analyse everyday examples based on these initial understandings


Lectures Method

  • The module involves interactive lectures with exercises to integrate theoretical knowledge with critical analysis skills.
  • The e-learning platform Moodle is used throughout the course to disseminate course material and for information and discussion.
  • Case studies are used to discuss the course contents.
  • Contemporary scientific publications from Information Systems and Digital Humanities are discussed in class.


Compulsory reading:

  • Papers and case-study materials are provided.

Exam Modalities

Written exam (60min)