HIST 390: The Digital Past

HIST 390-004: The Digital Past
(Spring 2023)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR

Music Theater Building 1006

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Section Information for Spring 2023

It is the goal of this course to teach you the basics of a plethora of digital tools. These include online exhibition projects by using Omeka/Scalar, mapping historical data/places, how to digitize historical objects for online use, how to create and examine networks, and understanding the basics of OCR and transcription. While learning these digital tools are important to this class, we will also explore the history of digital history, as well as ethics, and the future of the digital humanities in academia. Through learning by doing, you will gain both digital skills and the skills of a historian; skills which will be useful to you throughout your university career and in your future work.

While this course will not have an overarching historical theme, we will discuss an array of historical topics/problems each week that correspond with provided datasets to master each tool.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Teaches the fundamentals of information technology within the context of a history course. Students learn fundamentals and skills as well as how our society became so enamored of and dependent on these knowledge and information tools. Understanding a new technology requires understanding how new technologies transform the societies that embrace them. Emphasizes the use of free and open-source software whenever possible. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Info Tech & Computing
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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