About the minor

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Name: Digital Culture
Code: MINESHCC-04 2014
Teaching language: English
Faculty coordinating this minor: Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
Other faculties contributing to the minor: Rotterdam School of Management, EUR library
This minor program was developed with support of the research project AXES – Access to Audiovisual archives which is partially funded by the European Commission.

Lecturers

Short Description

Digital media and online archives offer ample possibilities to find information on any possible topic in various formats across borders of language and culture. At the same time the medium strongly affects how we search, what we find and how we organize the results. We can easily get access to huge amounts of online data, the so called Big Data, that can be processed, interpreted and presented it in new ways. Examples are the N-gram viewer – a tool that visualizes the patterns in word frequencies in 5 million books over 500 years – and enhanced publications – digital texts with links to video/audio-clips or to underlying data. This minor deals with the theory and practice of the digital revolution, teaches handling digital data (text, image, audio and video), and using digital tools.

Overview courses:

This minor consists of three courses:

  • DC1: Digital Humanities: How to get Started
  • DC2: Digital, Visual and Narrative Culture
  • DC3: Handling Digital Data in Practice

Learning objectives:

After completion of this minor the students will have an understanding of:

  • the origins and implications of the digital turn and its impact on the access to and use of information
  • he digital skills that are needed to search and interpret information that is reliable
  • the key-concepts discussed in the lectures and listed in the glossary
  • the characteristics of digital visual and narrative culture

After completion of the minor the student will be able to:

  • reproduce and apply the acquired basic terminology
  • apply a variety of digital tools to search, process, interpret and present different types of digital data
  • analyse the outcome of a number of practical assignments and reflect on the potential and limitations of the tools that have been applied

 Specific characteristics:

Proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Proficiency in Dutch broadens the range of data that can be used for the workshops.

Method of examination:

  • Module 1 ‘Digital Humanities: How To Get Started’
    Written examination on the basis of literature and small assignments
  • Module 2 ‘Handling digital data in practice’
    Individual and team assignments
  • Module 3 ‘ Digital Visual and narrative Culture’
    Small assignments and an essay – a digital publication that includes links to images, sound and/or text

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