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Course module: 800164-B-6
Humanities in the Digital Age
Course info
Course module800164-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Department of Culture Studies; Culture Studies;
Is part of
B Culture Studies
prof. dr. A.M. Backus
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. O.M. Heynders
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.J.M. Hoondert
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S. Van den Bossche
Other course modules lecturer
M.M.P. Vanden Abeele
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 15/01/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020
After completing the course, you will be able to:

-       Understand and explain paradigm shifts in the humanities (analytical and critical thinking)

-       Critically reflect on the epistemological implications of recent developments in the humanities (analytical and critical thinking)

-       Apply theoretical insights to reflect on yourself and your identity as a researcher (problem-solving skills; decision-making skills; analytical and critical thinking; creative thinking)


Labour-market orientation: The course includes information and reflection on the kinds of places and occupations where students who choose the exit profile ‘Research’ can find their place.
This course is compulsory for those Online Culture: Art, Media and Society students who choose the exit profile ‘Research’.
The semester is divided into two parts:

1 Paradigm shifts
We will start by critically discussing what constitutes a Kuhnian ‘paradigm shift’, and also the kinds of ‘turns’ the humanities have taken (linguistic turn; mobilities turn etc.). We will then move on to debate the notion of ‘paradigm shift’ through two recent developments relevant for humanities and cultural studies students: digital humanities and big data.

2 The researcher doing research
During this second part of the semester we start slowly orienting towards the spring semester when you will be working on your BA thesis. Building on the insights gathered during the first part of the course, we will discuss different aspects of carrying out an actual research project and some of the choices it entails and their implications. Your take-home exam will also include a self-reflection assignment where you need to reflect on yourself as a researcher, taking as a starting point the topics discussed during the course.

Compulsory Reading
  1. Becker, Howard S., Tricks of the trade. How to think about your research while you’re doing it., Chicago: The University of Chicago Press., 1998.
  2. Berry, David M., The computational turn: Thinking about the digital humanities., Culture Machine 12, 2011.
  3. boyd, danah & Kate Crawford, Critical questions for big data., Information, Communication & Society 15 (5), 662-679.
  4. Kitchin, Rob, Big data, new epistemologies and paradigm shifts., Big Data & Society, 1-12., 2014.

Recommended Reading
  1. Marche, Stephen, Literature is not data: Against digital humanities., Los Angeles Review of Books, October 28.
  2. van de Ven, Inge, Attention please? Why we need both close and distant reading in the age of big data., Diggit Magazine, October 19., 2016.
Contact person
prof. dr. A.M. Backus
Timetable information
Humanities in the Digital Age
Required materials
Recommended materials
Take home exam

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