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Welcome

Welcome to your MA in Digital Arts & Humanities, the course team hopes that you will use this opportunity to create new knowledge collaboratively and to develop original thinking that will benefit yourselves, your own wider communities and the knowledge society.

Over the next year, you will seek to discover what it is to be human in the digital age, and the answers will help to shape how we see ourselves and others as humanity becomes more connected by technology. You will discover practical skills to flourish in the digital age and explore the impact of digital technology on culture, power and identity in society.

Digital Humanities: new challenges and opportunities

Digital Humanities is probably very different from your previous learning experiences: it offers new opportunities but also some significant challenges in adjusting to new ways of learning. The learning process in this programme environment is one in which you are expected to take responsibility for your learning and to interact with your colleagues across collaborative and group-based work in a responsible and professional manner.

Learners joining our Master's programmes will also have come from a background which is very tightly focused on traditional disciplines. Traditional academic programs are based on well-defined disciplinary areas of study like English, History, Geography or Biology. They tend to focus on content knowledge rather than the process of creating new knowledge. In digital humanities you are expected to use a wide range of digital tools in your daily studies and this requires you to be willing to explore how to use new digital tools on your own or in tutorials, how to apply traditional humanities methods through digital means, and how to balance digital skills with interpersonal collaboration effectively. It is important to be aware that our approach to using digital tools is deeper and more demanding but it is focused on equipping you for a digital future.

The programme team recognise that learners have to overcome a range of real world problems. The University provides a range of support services, and if members of the course team feel you need to engage with them, we will suggest this to you. While we try to be sympathetic to any personal issues, we cannot properly advise people on problems which lie outside our academic expertise.

Staff Contacts

Mike Cosgrave (Lecturer): m.cosgrave@ucc.ie, @mikecosgrave

Orla Murphy (Lecturer): o.murphy@ucc.ie, @omurphy16

Shawn Day (Lecturer): shawn.day@ucc.ie, @iridium

James O’Sullivan (Lecturer): james.osullivan@ucc.ie, @jamescosullivan

Donna Alexander (Lecturer): donna.alexander@ucc.ie, @americasstudies

Catherine Bourne (Lecturer): cpbourne@gmail.com, @CatPennyBourne

Ann Riordan (Senior Executive Assistant): a.riordan@ucc.ie

DH Office Location

O’Rahilly Building 2.22

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Phone: 04902359