Introduction to Digital Humanities
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Sissejuhatus digihumanitaariasse
Course title in English
Introduction to Digital Humanities
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Marek Tamm (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Provide opportunities and conditions:
to acquire the terminology necessary for interpreting digital humanities;
to aqcuire knowledge of the development and aims of digital humanities;
for the critical and analytical treatment of digital humanities;
to develop knowledge of the most important branches of digital humanities, their research methods and terminology;
for reading key texts of digital humanities and for group discussion;
for developing practical skills in the use of digital databases and digitising technologies.
Brief description of the course
The course consists of the following topics:
1. What are digital humanities?
2. The development of digital humanities
3. Seminar of texts I
4. The branches of digital humanities: research of history
5. The branches of digital humanities: research of literature
6. Seminar of texts II
7. The branches of digital humanities: research of cultural inheritance
8. Practice of the use of digital databases
9. The branches of digital humanities: research of works
10. The branches of digital humanities: research of digital culture
11. Seminar of texts III
12. Practice of digitising
13. The challenges and perspectives of digital humanities
Independent work
Critical analysis of topic related literature; keeping of a reading diary; accomplishing individual and group tasks.
Learning outcomes in the course
A student having passed this course:
Has a systematic overview and broad based knowledge of: the main terminology; main research areas; important texts; and future perspectives of digital humanities.
Knows the main research methods of digital humanities.
Has practical basic knowledge of digital databases and the technologies of digitation.
Assessment methods
Assessment methods comprise of:
1) Reading of the seminar texts, written summaries and participation at seminars 30%
2) Reading diary 10%
3) Written essay on digital humanities 60%
Professor Marek Tamm
Study literature
Kolm seminariteksti (täpne valik selgub kursuse alguseks)
Eileen Gardiner, Ronald G. Musto, The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Students and Scholars (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
Replacement literature
Asendada saab ainult loenguid, ent mitte seminare ja praktikume. Only lectures may be replaced by reading the materials, seminars and practice cannot be (in general).
Loengute asenduskirjandus:
Advancing Digital Humanities Research, Methods, Theories, ed. by
Paul Longley Arthur, Katherine Bode (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
A New Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. by Susan Schreibam, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth (Oxford: Blackwell, 2016).
Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader, ed. by Melissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan, Edward Vanhoutte (Farnham. Ashgate, 2013)