Today the third course on the first semester starts for the students of the Master program in Digital Humanities. The title of the course is Digital Cultural Heritage and is headed by Nadzeya Charapan, a guest phd-student at the Department for ALM. During the five week course the student will be able to investigate the affordances, implications, and boundaries of digital cultural heritage.
The course provides students with theoretical and methodological approaches to cultural heritage and seeks to promote nuanced and contextualized knowledge through critical thinking. During the course, the students will learn about national and international regulations and policies that focus on the research and management of digital cultural heritage. The course includes a number of group site visits and fieldwork exercises.
This week the students on the program had a workshop with Anna Foka, a teacher and researcher working at the Digital Humanities Lab at Uppsala University. The workshop was part of the course Tools and methods: critical encounters.
Recogito provides a personal workspace where you can upload, collect and organize your source materials – texts, images and tabular data – and collaborate in their annotation and interpretation. The topic of the workshop was collaborative document annotation.
The students were introduced to and was instructed how to annotate and map texts and images in Recogito, connecting names in songs to actual geographical locations in the software.
Anna Foka used examples during the workshop from her own research on conflicted cartographies, which you can find more about through this link.
The students of the DH-masterprogramme is now done with their first introductory course as they are settling in to the cosier Swedish autumn weather.
Today the second course on the program starts. It’s called Tools and Methods: Critical Encounters and is a practically oriented course coordinated by Matts Lindström. The course introduces and studies a selection of tools and methods used in the digital humanities.
The course will be include both seminars and lab sessions, where the students will be able to develop a critical and historicising approach to new methods in the humanities.
During the coming weeks of this blog you will be able to get a sneak-peak at one of the Lab sessions and also hear Matts Linström himself speak about the course.
Today we have welcomed the new semester at the Department of ALM and the first students at the Digital Humanities have gotten introduced to their two years at the programme. I know the whole department is eager to meet the new students and curious about what perspectives and ideas they will bring to the educational environment. Many of them are coming from abroad and do not only need to orient themselves in a new educational programme, but also in a new country and culture.
While finding their place in Swedish society is something that students mostly have to deal with on their own, teachers of the programme can at least support program orientation and overview. Today, all the teachers presented themselves and their courses.
I myself gave a brief overview of Information Mediation andUser Perspectives in the Digital Era, which will be given in April next year. However, April is still many experiences and insights away, and until then I can only wish the students best of luck with their studies!
Today there was a workshop concerning the practical arrangement of teaching at the DH master programme. Most of the lecturers for the programme attended, and we shared a both informative and nice afternoon, discussing how to provide the best basis of education for both students and lecturers.
Although most of the information communicated during the workshop primarily is important for teachers, it can also be good to be updated on this as a student as it may help to ease your planning around you studies if you know how things like this work.
So, here goes some of the take-aways that I want to share with you:
A preliminary schedule is published prior to five weeks before the course starts. In that way, students can plan social life and activities around their studies, but be aware that changes can come through up till one week before the course starts. You find the schedule at the department web site http://www.abm.uu.se/education/student/schedule/
Can’t wait for the course literature? Relax, we have all been there… 😉 Literature lists for the courses will be published prior to five weeks before the course starts. This mean there will be plenty of time for students to find the right literature and also for the book stores to order the titles we put on the literature lists. Most courses of the programme is 7.5 credits, meaning around 1,000 – 1,500 pages for each course. To save your self time and effort, it might be worth purchasing books that are used through several courses (if the library does not offer it as an e-book).
For every course, there is a study guide (only a document I’m afraid, even though it actually may work as your own” study-guardian angel”) to inform students about the knowledge, skills and abilities that are expected of students after they have completed the course. Here you can usually also find information about mandatory parts of the course and examinations. The study guide is published on the learning platform Student Portal.
A more thorough introduction of everything one needs to know as a student at the Department of ALM will of course be presented during the first days of the programme. Until then, you can read up more about rights and working conditions for students on the web.