Six Months’ Certificate Course in Digital Humanities

Introduction

With the arrival of the digital technology in the last decade of the previous century and with the penetration of the internet in the rural areas from about 2010 onwards, the academic world has changed dramatically. More importantly study of literature, particularly English Literature is getting huge support from the web in the matter of access to word class study materials- notes, images, videos, etc. The discipline of literature is not confined to hard format print world. New forms of literature are also being produced in the digital media. Another development has occurred with the arrival of interactional technology.

Digital games and electronic literature have come. This allows a traditional reader to enter the fictional world as a protagonist and change the courage of action. New forms of aesthetic experience have come up in the process of convergence; multimedia experience on a single interface has made new kind of aesthetic possible even on a small personal gather like a low-end mobile phone. Complexities in aesthetic appreciation have arrived because of certain conditions in the digital world- interconnectivity, interoperability. Good or bad –only future can say, gadgets are becoming an extension, an addition to our organs. All these developments have brought the humanities which has long remained in isolation from science and commerce, in a new condition in which new digital technology is intersecting with it. In these peculiar cross-roads, the approaches to literature are taking new turns. Very soon, studying English literature will in due appreciation of the digital texts and so the theories.

Rationale

Students of our college suffer from socio-economic, locational and cultural disadvantages. They also suffer various deprivations and unconsciously they are caught up despair about their future. To keep them engaged in pursuing the subject in the cottage and afterwards, they need to be connected with the larger world through the use of the digital media. But the digital divide is a serious issue. They can hardly afford to have their own devices and get expensive computer education. A course addressing the problems and allowing them to make effective utilization of the digital media, a course has been found necessary.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To make the students computer literate
  2. To teach them basic computer operation and DTP.
  • To teach them how to access the web resources for academic and professional purposes.
  1. To let them have some glimpses of the recent developments in the field of literature in the context of the digital media and the associated technology.
  2. To engage them professionally with certain tasks that involves application of digital technology.

Teaching Methodology

The following methodology will be adapted in conducting the course

  1. Lecture Method
  2. Use of ICT/ use of spoken English courses
  • Seminar presentation
  1. Project Work

The Syllabus

Marks(Theory & Practical) No. of Classes
Paper I
1.       Fundamentals of Computers. 10+10 2+4
2.     Introduction to Windows 7 10+10 5+5
3.      Programmes: MS-Paint, Word, Powerpoint, Excel 10+10 7+10
4.     Digital Photography, Basic image editing in photoshop. 5+5 5+5+5
5.     Basic video editing in MS Video Maker. 5+5 3+3
6.     Introduction to Database(MSGL)7.     Introduction to the Internet

i)                Search Tools

ii)              Emailing and Messaging

10+10 8+5 

 

5+5

Total 100 77
Paper IIGroup A
1.       Introduction to Digital Libraries 5+5 2+2
2.     Introduction to Website and Bloga.     Creating sites in WordPress

b.     Introduction to HTML

5+5 2+5 

3+2

3.      Introduction to Databases 10+10 5+5
4.     Understanding OCR 5+5 3+3
Group-B
1.       Principles of DH 10 5
2.     Important theories and their application 10 5
3.      Reading Avatar as a DH text 10 5
4.     Preservation of cultural artefacts 10 5
5.     Seminar presentation on particular text area 10 01
Total 100 54