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Digital and Quantitative Skills


Admission requirements

No admission requirements.


This course will introduce students to various types of research methods encountered in the humanities. Students will learn the difference between experimental vs non-experimental and qualitative vs quantitative research. They will be exposed to case studies from different subdisciplines in order to understand where and how we can use digital and quantitative methods in the humanities. The course will be organized in three Blocks. Lectures in Block 1 will provide students with the required statistical concepts needed to formulate scientific hypotheses and to conduct basic quantitative research. Block 2 of the course will introduce students to various types of existing linguistic corpora, basic principles of corpus building and annotation, as well as methods and tools that would enable them to independently perform online and offline corpus search and smaller corpus analysis. In Block 3 of the course students will be exposed to a small-scale empirical study. The ultimate goal is to make students experience an entire empirical cycle, including the identification of research question(s), the experimental design, methods of data collection and the choice of statistics that can be applied to a dataset.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, the students will be able to differentiate basic types of research methods, formulate scientific hypothesis, summarize a given data set and perform basic statistical tests. By the completion of the course, students will have acquired skills that will allow them to design and work with different types of corpora. They will also be able to understand the basics of data collection, perform simple data exploratory analysis and understand main concepts of data visualization.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment Method


  • Participation in seminars via in-class quizzes

  • Assignments

  • Final Exam


  • Attendance and Participation: (10 percent of grade)

  • Assignments: (30 percent of grade)

  • Final Exam: (60 percent of grade)
    The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
    The students will need a passing grade for all three parts in order to obtain a grade for the course.


A resit is possible for the Final Exam.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized

Reading list

Weisser, Martin (2016) Practical Corpus Linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell.
Van Peer, W., Hakemulder, J., & Zyngier, S. (2012). Scientific Methods for the Humanities. Amsterdam: Benjamins.


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