HIST 660: Digital History Methods and Practice

General Information

Instructor: Brian J Griffith
Email Address: brianjgriffith@umail.ucsb.edu
Office Location: TBA
Office Hours:
Institution: San Francisco State University
Fall 2018
Class Location:
Class Day/Time:
M 12:30pm-3:15pm


Course Description

What is Digital History? In answering this question, this course will examine the emergence of the “digital age” over the past thirty years and its considerable impacts upon historiographical methods and practices. In doing so, we will analyze and workshop various digital technologies, softwares, and platforms, which are reshaping the ways in which historians “do history” and, equally as important, the methods by which they interface with other scholars and the general public. In addition to the World Wide Web, some of the technologies we’ll analyze together include digitized historical archives, keyword searchable bibliographic databases, such as JSTOR, ProQuest, and Google Books, citation management softwares, including Zotero and EndNote, Wikipedia as a peer-to-peer platform for generating and disseminating historical knowledge, Geographic Information Systems and the “spatial turn,” and various history-themed video games and virtual reality services.


Course Syllabus

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