HIST 390: The Digital Past

HIST 390-003: The Digital Past
(Spring 2023)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW

Horizon Hall 3008

Section Information for Spring 2023

This course, which satisfies the Mason Core IT requirement, prepares students to use and understand a wide variety of current and emerging digital technologies—everything from basic office software to more complex services such as databases and digital maps. It explores how technologies can augment the ability to produce, consume, process and communicate information, but also create challenges related to security, source reliability and automation. 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. No background in history is required. Students will develop an analysis of a race riot in the US since the Civil War.

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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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