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Digital Humanities and Digital Natives


Admission requirements

This pilot course is offered for the first time to students in Middle Eastern Studies and Chinastudies who have completed two language courses. Enrollment is limited to 10 students to allow for greater lecturer support and requires instructor permission. It is a self-paced, fully online course, which expects a certain amount of self-discipline and time management skills. Students who are interested in joining this course should contact Dr. Hossam Ahmed to discuss their plans for the course before July, 25.


This online course explores how a dominantly digital world can help us understand a region of interest, Middle East or Asia. In this course, students develop skills to use digital tools for acquiring, analysing and presenting humanities data and findings. They also explore questions about the implications of living in a digital age on scholarship in the humanities.
In this course, students will look at questions such as how governments in the Middle East use social media to communicate with their populations in a health crisis, what computers can tell us about analysing literary works of women writers, or whether visualization can help understand trade routes in the Silk Road.
The course follows an individualized learning approach. Every student completes a number of general theoretical modules and a set of pre-selected modules to fit his/her region and language of interst, digital skills, and disciplinary preference.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to develop necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to complete a Digital Humanities project relevant to their field of studies. They will identify a range of research questions that can be addressed using digital methods. They will improve their computational skills in key areas of Digital Humanities such as text analysis, data visualization or mapping. They will be able to address practical and ethical issues involved in the development and analysis of Digital Humanities projects.


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Online seminar

  • In the self-paced online seminar, students complete weekly pre-assigned interactive lectures, tutorials, labs, and contribute to discussions through Brightspace. Learning is asynchronous, but students are expected to follow the weekly schedule.

Assessment method


The final grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the following:


Partial grade Weighing
Participation in online discussions 20%
Homework 30%
Research report 50%

End Grade

The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.


If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility to resubmit the project paper within 10 business days.

Reading list

Course materials are available on Brightspace.


After admission, students will be registered by the Education Administration Office Vrieshof.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: De Vrieshof.