Course

Details

  • Instructor: Angus Mol, a.a.a.mol@hum.leidenuniv.nl /On Twitter @theshoresoftime
  • Language: English
  • EC: 5 (level 300)
  • Part of the BA3 Digital Humanities Minor of the LUCDH
  • Semester 1
  • Online Open office hours: Tuesdays at 11:00-12:00 and Thursday from 10:00-11:00

Objectives

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Be able to articulate how and why digital media impact culture and society.
  • Have explored the background, context, promises and pitfalls of a range of specific media and concepts in this field.
  • Know where to find some of the inspiring media and thinkers in this field.
  • Be able to discuss your views on digital media themes with peers as well as give and receive feedback.
  • Be able to use a number of website production tools, including WordPress CMS, html, and css.

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours:

  • Seminar: 13 x 2 (26 hours)
  • Study of compulsory literature and self-study for tools: (40 hours)
  • Presentation (10 hours)
  • Peer Feedback: (10 hours)
  • Course project: (54 hours)

Grading (1-10 Average of)

  • Discussion of literature: 15 percent
  • Class Participation & Peer Feedback: 15 percent
  • Presentation: 20 percent
  • Course project: 50 percent

Re-sit

Students who have scored an overall insufficient grade for the course may take a resit for the presentation and the course project, in the form of an oral exam (in place of presentation) and a paper (in place of final project)

The Fine Print

Attendance is required. If you know you will need to miss a class, please indicate this at least two weeks prior. If you know beforehand you will have to miss three or more classes, you cannot take this course. If you miss a class due to sickness or other unforeseen circumstances, notify me without delay.

Class participation is part of your final grade. Participation is evaluated both on attendance and on the quality of feedback given to the work of other students. Aside from participation being part of your grade, I really appreciate your input. If you think you have something to ask, please speak up: there are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of lost opportunities for information exchange and learning. This field is full of exciting new ideas and developments and it is impossible to be aware of them all. So, if you can share information on an idea, article, project, or tool that is of you value to you, please do!

During the course you may be asked to fill out a small survey on the course. This is both so I can receive your feedback while the course is ongoing as well as to identify if you are experiencing any issues with specific parts of the course. Based on this, I may invite you for a meeting to discuss your feedback and progress.

If you need to speak to me, you are warmly encouraged to make use of the open office hours (Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 and Thursdays 10:00-11:00). If you need my direct feedback during a week I cannot have open office hours or need to speak to me outside open office hours, please use Microsoft Teams to set an appointment and I will do my best to set up a meeting.

Plagiarism is a ‘mortal’ academic sin. If you have not done so already, please inform yourself on Leiden University’s views and regulations on plagiarism. This Leiden university library portal has several accessible web courses on how to quote and cite right and tips for bibliographic management. Note that plagiarism, copyright and other information sharing or copying issues are often extra complex when dealing with digital sources. If you are still in doubt whether (parts of) any work for this course may constitute plagiarism, you need to signal and verify this with me before you hand it in for grading.

Schedule

The course schedule is designed to make sure online interaction in smaller groups is possible as well as, for those willing and able, a rotating On Campus class.

  • Everyone, every week: General lecture on campus (Lipsius/227) or via Kaltura Liveroom/Microsoft Teams starting at 13:30 (sharp)
    • The idea is to record these, but you should be present.
  • You will attend one of these each week:
    • On campus discussion session (14:15-15:00 at Lipsius 227, no/bathroom break in between the start of class at 13:30!)
    • Online discussion session via Microsoft Teams from 15:15-16:00
    • Online discussion session via Microsoft Teams from 16:15-17:00 (tentative: depends on how many of us there are)  


You will be notified of which discussion session you are supposed to attend in which week. Please stick to this schedule as much as possible and do not switch groups without approval of the instructor.

The reason for this is that the class discussion is based on a pre-selection of the content you make and you should be present to introduce and discuss your own content.

Whether or not you will be participating in On Campus class will not impact your grade.