Questioning the Digital (P5035)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Digital Humanities uses new digital research methods to study media and communications. You will develop the skills necessary to collect data from the web and social media, visualise that data and analyse it. You will learn how media scholars are using digital methods to analyse issues online such as state internet censorship, the circulation of ‘fake news’, the growth of climate change scepticism, political extremism, geographical differences in attitudes to political rights and so on.

This module will also give you a critical understanding of Digital Humanities – as an approach, a method, and a perspective. You will not only develop the skills you need to design and undertake digital humanities research but also grapple with the questions that arise when dealing with new forms of data collection, visualisation and analysis.


25%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Workshop)
25%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: