• Instructor: Martin Kroon, m.s.kroon@hum.leidenuniv.nl
  • Language: English
  • EC: 5 (level 300)
  • Part of the BA3 Digital Humanities Minor of the LUCDH
  • Semester 1
  • Open office hours: Tuesdays from 15:00-17:00 @ DH-Lab, P.J. Veth building 1.07


At the end of this course, you will:

  • Be able to articulate how to leverage info visualization to provide an edge in a range of situations, including academic research as well as non-academic professions.
  • Be able to critically reflect on a range of visualizations, with a specific focus on network and spatial data.
  • Know where to find some of the inspiring visualizations, thinkers, and designers in this field.
  • Be able to discuss your views on information visualization with peers as well as give and receive feedback.
  • Be able to use a number of information visualization tools, including network analytic and GIS software

Course Load

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

  • Seminar: 13 x 2 (26 hours)
  • Study of literature and online learning: (34 hours)
  • Assignment(s): (35 hours)
  • Peer Feedback: (5 hours)
  • Final project/paper: (40 hours)

Grading (1-10 Average of)

  • Assignments: 40 percent
  • Class Participation & Peer Feedback: 20 percent
  • Final project: 40 percent


Students who have scored an overall insufficient grade for the course may take a resit for the assignments and the final project, in the form of a comprehensive take-home test (in place of assignment) and a project assigned by the lecturer.

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, please 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 15.00-17.00). If you need to speak to me outside open office hours, please email me for an appointment and I will do my best to set up a (telephone) 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.