We are in the midst of a digital revolution. New technologies mean new opportunities – but they also demand that we try to understand the roles of both humans and the technologies in the digital world. This is what experts in the humanities are good at. Get a degree in Digital Humanities and become part of shaping the future!
The Master’s programme in Digital Humanities falls at the intersection of digital technologies and the central domains of the humanities. The programme enables you to explore both themes and issues in the humanities as well as digital technology in relation to contemporary society, culture and research.
You receive training in computer-aided research methods and digitisation of texts and images. These skills can be applied for example when making cultural heritage material digitally accessible, at the same time as you will have the critical competence needed to ask the important questions.
Thus, the field of Digital Humanities concerns the investigation of themes in the humanities with the support of digital technologies, but also vice versa. We explore digital technologies from a traditional humanities perspective and problematise different approaches to new technology and the use thereof. You get to practise creating critical perspectives and thinking innovatively around the relationship between the humanities and the past, the present and the future. In digital humanities, you can work with everything from medieval texts to visual presentation of data.
With a degree in Digital Humanities, you can work in research or in for example the cultural heritage, library or digitisation sectors, where you may work in projects requiring multidisciplinary cooperation. You will be able to use digital technologies to problematise and experiment with publication practices.
You will also be prepared to engage in various forms of knowledge production an dissemination of culture. Your competence will be attractive to employers in many occupational fields, and you will receive the training you need to participate in research and development work both nationally and internationally.
The programme consists of four semesters of full-time studies. Applications will be accepted for the autumn semesters of 2017 and 2018, and thereafter for every other autumn semester.
The programme comprises an introductory year during which all students complete a set of compulsory courses. The purpose of the interdisciplinary courses offered in the first year is to give the students a broad knowledge base and a strong ability to participate in multidisciplinary projects.
Semester 1 (start autumn 2017):
1. Introduction to Digital Humanities (15 higher education credits), also offered as a freestanding course in autumn 2016. This course introduces Digital Humanities against the background of other research traditions in the field of humanities. The relevance of technology, both for humanities research and for culture and society, is explored. The course also presents a humanities perspective on and practical skills in coding in preparation for the compulsory 15-credit course offered by the University of Borås in the second semester of the programme.
2. Digital sharing and participatory culture (15 higher education credits). This compulsory course covers digital dissemination of research and cultural heritage as well as mediated representations of cultural heritage. Moreover, it provides knowledge about the changed role of the researcher and the transformation of publication cultures, and addresses theoretical perspectives on contemporary, born-digital culture.
Both of these courses may also be offered as freestanding courses.
Semester 2 (start spring 2018):
1. Digitising Cultural Heritage Material (15 higher education credits) is offered by the University of Borås and is also included in the international Master’s programme Digital Library and Information Services. The University of Gothenburg will offer a corresponding course for students commencing the programme in autumn 2017. The course provides the students with professional mastery of all stages of the digitisation process, from selection and preservation to evaluation and making the material available. The part of the course that concerns image digitisation is offered in collaboration with the National Library of Sweden.
The course is offered on a half-time basis alongside the following course:
2. Methods within digital humanities (15 higher education credits). The course has a strong research focus and covers methods for text and image analysis as well as visual presentation of data.
1. Elective courses (15 higher education credits). In the third semester, you have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area by taking courses of special interest at the University of Gothenburg. You can also complete this part of the programme at other higher education institutions in Sweden or abroad. (To be planned in consultation with the programme coordinator).
2. Field Course in the Humanities (15 higher education credits). The course begins with planning work and a section on field methods, including fieldwork for one month, and concludes with the writing of a report. The actual field study can involve the cooperation partners tied to the programme or be completed abroad and be designed as a pre-study for the degree project completed in the fourth and final semester of the programme.
1. Master Thesis (30 higher education credits). The students spend the fourth and final semester completing a Master’s project. It can be designed as a traditional thesis, but also as an article written for an academic publication, or as a report, knowledge review or digital resource in connection with the fieldwork or ongoing research project. The degree project is completed in consultation with expert supervisors.
Admission to the programme requires previous completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities corresponding to 180 higher education credits, of which 15 higher education credits must be from a Bachelor’s project. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in the arts or the social sciences are also welcome to apply and may be qualified for admission following successful evaluation of their Bachelor’s project.
Applications are also accepted from candidates with equivalent knowledge according to a previous curriculum or with a corresponding degree acquired abroad. In addition, applicants need to present evidence of language skills corresponding to the Swedish upper-secondary courses Swedish B/Swedish 3 and English A/English 5.
Teaching will mostly be in Swedish, although English can occur.
Students admitted to the programme are guaranteed admission to all compulsory courses as long as they meet the entry requirements and are progressing through the programme in accordance with the programme syllabus.
The programme in Digital Humanities begins in autumn 2017. It will also begin in autumn 2018, and after that it will start every other autumn semester.
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