Senator Jim D’Arcy, Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills, and Dr. Martin Maguire, Programme Director of the BA (Hons) in Digital Humanities degree in DkIT launched an exhibition of the work of final year students in the Institute recently.
The students were required to develop an original website, where appropriate, exploiting existing online scholarly resources, in their core Humanities subject areas.
This year’s projects included an analysis of the Regan-Thatcher relationship based on the online Thatcher archive and the Regan Library; a website that explores the development of residential segregation in Belfast City since the 1830s; a website that maps and records graveyard memorials and another that scrutinises the role of the media, especially radio, in the Rwandan genocide.
Senator D’Arcy was most impressed with the standard of the students’ work and the acknowledged the need for graduates who are skilled users and creators of information in digital media, an increasingly important area in education and publishing.
The BA (Hons) in Digital Humanities degree programme creates honours-level arts graduates who are also able to integrate new digital media with traditional scholarly activity in the humanities.
Graduates study two core Humanities disciplines to honours degree level. Subjects include history, English, archaeology, politics and society.
Some of the new graduates are now moving into postgraduate study in the field of Digital Humanities whilst five of them are starting into second level teacher qualification in DCU.