HIST 390: The Digital Past

HIST 390-001: The Digital Past
(Spring 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 120

Section Information for Spring 2019

In this class, students will to learn to do history using digital tools. The course—which satisfies the Mason Core IT requirement—teaches the fundamentals of information technology by applying them to practical problems in history. Throughout the semester, students will work individually and with classmates on a series of projects about American history during the Progressive Era. They will learn not only how to do research online but also how to put those sources in the context of other scholarly work. They will gather data, learn how to question it, analyze it, summarize it, and interpret it. They will create visualizations of datasets, including maps. They will learn how to present visual and textual sources online in web exhibits, and will learn how to write and publish effectively online. Through learning by doing, students will gain both digital skills and the skills of a historian. This combination will be useful throughout their university careers and in their future work.

Mason Core (All)

Satisfies the general education requirement in information technology (IT, all).

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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