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Course Description

No background in history or technology is required to succeed in this course. During this summer session, you will learn how to engage with primary sources through digital tools and put them into conversation with secondary sources to make historical arguments and tell digital stories about the past. This class prioritizes doing history. Therefore, attention will be given to asking historical questions; finding, analyzing, and presenting sources; and reflecting on what these questions and methods mean in the digital age.

In this course you will:

  • explore the history of a location (city, town, village, or neighborhood) of your choosing;
  • create historical scholarship using digital collections and tools; and
  • publish your work online.

This course also fulfills the University’s IT requirements which has the following goals:

  • Students will understand the principles of information storage, exchange, security, and privacy and be aware of related ethical issues.
  • Students will become critical consumers of digital information; they will be capable of selecting and evaluating appropriate, relevant, and trustworthy sources of information.
  • Students can use appropriate information and computing technologies to organize and analyze information and use it to guide decision-making.
  • Students will be able to choose and apply appropriate algorithmic methods to solve a problem.

For more detailed information concerning course policies, grading, and student accommodations, please refer to the course syllabus.