HIST 390: The Digital Past

HIST 390-DL7: The Digital Past
(Fall 2020)

Online

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Section Information for Fall 2020

This course, which satisfies the university’s IT requirement, prepares students to use and understand a wide variety of current and emerging digital technologies. The course teaches the fundamentals of information technology within the context of a history course rather than as a set of abstract principles or discrete skills tied to particular software packages. We will also spend time on academic and personal ethics in the digital world, and the challenges posed by the trade-offs between open source/open access in the humanities on the one hand and the need for data security on the other. Students will complete a digital project focused on area national parks and/or historic sites that will provide them with tangible evidence of their digital skills.

HIST 390 DL7 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

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