HIST 390: The Digital Past

HIST 390-DL1: The Digital Past
(Spring 2023)


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Section Information for Spring 2023

This course — which fulfills the university’s Core IT requirement — will teach you the fundamentals of information technology through creative and critical engagement with historical methods and sources. You will engage with legal, ethical, and methodological questions about practicing history in the digital age. Oral history (as a practice and genre) has been particularly impacted by and transformed through digital technologies, and the specific focus of our course will be on using digital tools to analyze, prepare, present, and preserve oral history online. You will produce an analytical historical presentation in the form of an audio podcast, interactive timeline, or online exhibition as a final project. Through learning by doing, you will gain and apply analytical and technical skills that will be useful for your university education and professional career.

HIST 390 DL1 is a distance education section.

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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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