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Digital History
HIST 211
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 370

This course offers an introduction to the emerging field of digital history, part of the broader digital humanities (DH), the application of computing techniques and new media to humanities disciplines. DH has important implications for teaching, research, and the presentation of cultural artifacts to the scholarly and general public. Digital humanists employ a wide-ranging set of techniques, from text- and data-mining to network analysis, topic modeling, GIS, and visualizations. DH also offers opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations among humanists, computer scientists, media specialists, and others. As a result, this course seeks to bring together students with a variety of skills and backgrounds (history, writing, programming, web and graphic design, sound and video, etc.) who share an interest in historical communication and making things.

Through readings, conversations, and hands-on work with DH tools and historical resources, we will examine questions pertinent to historical scholarship, and consider how they may be reconfigured by new media and new applications of computing power. How does DH allow us to ask new questions as historians, and what perils do digital techniques pose for the discipline of history? Together, we will cultivate our skills as practitioners of history in the digital age.

The central assignment of the course will be a collaborative DH project of our own devising. Drawing on our pool of individual abilities and common interests, and considering the skills we wish to acquire, we will conceive, design, build, publicize, and launch a tool, web site, or other contribution to digital history. Students should be prepared to collaborate in and out of class, to teach and learn from one another, and to work together (at times quite intensively) to make the project a success.

This course is part of Wesleyan's Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HIST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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