Introduction to Digital Humanities INFOST4010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce the core principles of digital humanities: digital content, tools and methods, and the development of the practice of digital humanities as an important intervention in the research life cycle in the humanities. The course will introduce the core principles underpinning the use of digital approaches for a variety of reasons: to carry out 'traditional' research more effectively and effectively; to create deeper and richer engagement with primary sources; and to configure new and innovative research questions. The course will present an overview of several important tools used in the field commonly known as 'digital humanities', or DH, allowing students to develop examination of the theoretical consequences of using digital approaches, and the implications the digital in the arts and humanities.


1 x weekly lecture (1 hour)

1 x weekly experiential learning session (2 hours), either as a computer lab or facilitated discussion

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Digital Media and Information Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ARTMED4041 - Introduction to Digital Arts and Humanities

INFOSTUD4011 - Introduction to Digital Arts and Humanities 




Exam (60 minutes) - 40%

Essay (3,000 words) - 60%


Digital Project outline as proof of concept (1,500 words & 'wireframe') - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Present an overview of the development of digital humanities internationally, highlighting UofG projects and research as a foundational contributor to the emergence of this area of research

■ Examine the model of DH that draws on digital content, tools, and methods, and to provide students with a critical framework to identify the value and impact of digital humanities

■ Introduce fundamental skills and critical approaches that inform digital humanities

■ Explore how digital approaches are disrupting the creation, management, and use of knowledge in the humanities

■ Explore the concept of digital humanities as a collaborative space for scholarship and curators, working in collaboration with libraries, archives, and museums

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand and recognise key concepts in digital humanities

■ Critically appraise the underlying theoretical frameworks for digital humanities

■ Map the core relationships and dependencies between digital content, tools and methods

■ Critically evaluate and understand a range of multi-media (text, image, audio, and moving image) digital humanities projects

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.