HIST 688: Topics in History and New Media

HIST 688-001: Data and Digital History
(Spring 2016)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Aquia Building 219

Section Information for Spring 2016

This course introduces students to data manipulation and visualization for historians. The first unit of the course will examine the historiographical tradition to see how the historical profession has used data and visualization to understand the past. The second unit will teach students how to use off-the-shelf tools for data analysis, including visualization and mapping, of publicly available datasets such as censuses. Students will learn quantitative reasoning and elementary statistics of use to historians. The third unit will introduce the basics of scripting (in R or Python) for data analysis and visualization, and students will create their own datasets relevant to their research. After taking this course, students will be equipped to use historical data analysis in their dissertations or research papers.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Covers specific topics in history and new media selected by the instructor, with an emphasis on combining theoretical analysis and readings with hands-on projects and problem-solving. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18, Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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