Elective module, MA in Digital Humanities, Maynooth University

Doing Digital History
Semester 1

How does the study of history change as it is increasingly practiced in the digital realm. What role does the historian have in an age when primary sources are freely available on the Internet. As digital history becomes more ubiquitous what is the role of the historian in the creation of digital artifacts, thematic research collections, and tools. How do new ways of presenting and mediating these objects change the ways in which knowledge is constructed, preserved, and communicated. Digital history also offers a wealth of opportunities for public engagement, from crowdsourced projects to citizen history sites. This module will explore these themes as the field moves from traditional historical practice and print modes to communication to digitally-mediated ones.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Discuss key debates in digital history
  • Analyse digital history projects according to established criteria
  • Recognise the range of skills involved in digital history projects and discuss the role of the historian in these projects
  • Devise a development strategy for their own digital history project