English - Free topic C: Digital Humanities

Course content

Digital Humanities is concerned with the application of digital technology in the pursuit of answering questions within the Humanities, including the study of literature, history and linguistics. With the use of technology, we can perform analyses and generate new insights that would otherwise be very time-consuming or impossible. The approach taken to Digital Humanities in this course combines literary/historical texts with a focus on linguistics. We also take an interest in how new forms of mediatization (e.g. social media) play a role in contemporary society. The course will introduce students to a number of digital tools that will be of use to them both in their studies and their lives beyond university.


The course is both hands-on (students will have the opportunity to learn how to use various applications for textual analysis), methodological (students will be introduced to modes of reading, types of linguistic and literary inquiry, the notion of data within the humanities) and theoretical (what is Digital Humanities? How does it differ from previous technologies, such as the book? How do literary studies, history, and linguistics fit within Digital Humanities and how do they relate to one another within this framework?). In addition to this, we will explore and critique existing examples of Digital Humanities projects and work with a number of existing linguistic corpora as well as building our own corpus of literary, historical, linguistic or multimodal texts. Among the topics covered in this course are:


  • Participatory media (social media, new text technologies, interactive media)
  • Data in the humanities (including data collection and transformation)
  • Databases in linguistic and literary studies
  • Digital humanities: Challenges and opportunities
  • Digital texts vs. analogue texts
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Corpus linguistics (including corpus-assisted discourse studies and corpus stylistics)
  • Text mining
  • Multimodality
  • Visualisations (presentation, graphics)



Scraping social media for information. Testing a hypothesis about a literary author, text, passage, genre, or period. Comparing political speeches. Testing a hypothesis about a variety or register of language. Studying how an author’s style or emphases change over time. Exploring thematic language in texts and how this may be affected by historical conditions or events. Examining the possibilities of making texts available to a general audience, and assessing new tools available. Annotating digital text for analytical purposes. Using software to annotate and analyze multimodal interaction.


As well as earning an academic qualification in Digital Humanities, the course will also give students transferable skills that will prepare them for a position within or outside academia where analysis of data and the use of digital tools are required



This is a textbook- and compendium-free course. All readings will be availablevia Absalon and/or the university library. The same goes for the software that we will be using.

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.

Continuous feedback during the course
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 4th 2023
Type of assessment details
The portfolio consists of three assignments of 7-8 pages each, to be submitted throughout the semester.
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester


Dette er et dagkursus via tompladsordningen mod betaling på Åbent Universitet. Tilmeld dig og se aktuel prisoversigt på www.aabentuniversitet.hum.ku.dk

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Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinators
  • Kim Ebensgaard Jensen   (10-6a676a73786c66667769456d7a7233707a336970)
  • Robert William Rix   (5-837b837a895179867e3f7c863f757c)
  • Janus Mortensen   (4-7a717d7f5078857d3e7b853e747b)
Saved on the 07-10-2022

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