University of Oulu, 2016

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study located at the intersection of humanities and computational technologies. More than a strictly defined field of study Digital Humanities is an umbrella term used for computer-aided research methods applied in humanities and more broadly for the study of digital cultural and social phenomena. The courses are open for all students in the University of Oulu. The modules (each 5 ECTS) can be included either in the studies of different disciplines or in the Digital Humanities minor (25 ECTS).

Digital Humanities aim at developing a broad understanding of the cultural, historical, and social aspects of current digital humanities research. Interdisciplinary collaboration, critical thinking, innovation and practice-based digital skills will be emphasized in the studies. The studies provide students with computer-aided research methods but it also employ traditional humanistic skills to analyse digital data and contemporary digital culture.

This minor program draws on expertise offered by a wide range of disciplines at the Faculty of Humanities including archaeology, cultural studies and literature, history, information studies, language and linguistics, Saami language and Saami culture. In addition, the minor could include courses offered by other Faculties. Students can construct their studies emphasizing for example linguistics, cultural studies or quantitative research methods depending on their academic and professional aspirations. The courses offered can be in Finnish or in English.

The studies address the growing demand for expertise in combining humanistic and digital skills. The Digital Humanities minor provides students with digital knowledge and skills relevant in a variety of professional environments from cultural and memory institutions to the emerging job markets of information management and online content delivery.

Digital Humanities is closely linked to the Oulu University strategic focus areas Digital solutions in sensing and interactions and Understanding humans in change.


Modules may be studied either as a part of the Digital Humanities minor or as individual modules. Module 1 is mandatory for those who study Digital Humanities as a minor. The Minor (25 ECTS) consists of five modules (5 ECTS each).

Basic Studies, 25 ECTS:

(Introduction to) Digital Humanities, 5 ECTS
Digital Cultures, 5 ECTS
Research Methods, 5 ECTS
Specialisation Studies, 5 or 10 ECTS
Work Practice / Multi-disciplinary Project, 0 or 5 ECTS

(Introduction to) Digital Humanities, 5 ECTS
700332P Johdatus digitaalisiisn ihmistieteisiin, 5 ECTS
•Introduction to approaches, themes, concepts and theories

Digital Cultures, 5 ECTS
•Tray of courses on topical issues: Social Media, Digital heritage, Electronic Document Management, etc.:
- 682484P Communication technologies and language
- Digitaalinen kulttuuriperintö – luentosarja tai verkkokurssi (lukuvuosi 2019 –20)
- Digitaalinen historiantutkimus – The Fifth National Finnish Conference on History Research – Conference (History, autumn 2019)
- Book exams/ essays

Research Methods, 5 ECTS
•Tray of Methodological courses: Corpus Linguistics, Elan, Text analysis, GIS, Computer programming etc.: 
811177P Ihminen tietotekniikan käyttäjänä ja kehittäjänä, 5 op  (autumn, in Finnish)
811167P Tietojärjestelmien suunnittelun perusteet, 5 op (spring, in Finnish)
- FIN-CLAR online courses:  (spring 2019–spring 2020)
700324A Automaattinen tekstintunnistus ja historiantutkimus (autumn 2019, in Finnish)
687370A Spatiaalinen arkeologia (autumn 2019)
- Research Data and Humanities – RDHum 2019 conference (autumn 2019)

Specialisation Studies, 5 or 10 ECTS
•Tray of Advanced courses on methods & topics:
811177P Ihminen tietotekniikan käyttäjänä ja kehittäjänä, 5 op  (autumn, in Finnish)
811167P Tietojärjestelmien suunnittelun perusteet, 5 op (spring, in Finnish)
- 682484P Communication technologies and language, 5 ECTS cr (spring 2019)
- 521154S 10th International UBI Summer School, 5 ECTS
      - Summer School: 10.-15.6.2019, 250 €

Work Practice / Multi-disciplinary Project, 0 or 5 ECTS
•Collaboration with cross-disciplinary research groups, archives, game companies and museums
- Multi-disciplinary project or traineeship period
- Student has the opportunity to acquire a place for traineeship independently
- Written report
- Timing: autumn 2019 – spring 2020 according to the student's own schedule


Focus Group has been formed in order to develop the studies of Digital Humanities.


More information:
University Lecturer Ritva Kylli

Last updated: 2.10.2019