Texts, Maps, and Networks:
Methods and Readings in Digital History
Professor Cameron Blevins
Northeastern University, Fall 2018
Meserve Hall, Room 206
This course explores different ways of doing history in a digital age. It is designed to expose students to the wide variety of work being done computationally by historians and other humanities scholars. Each week, we will look at a different topic in the emergent field of digital history. We will spend the first half of class discussing readings and projects related to that week’s topic. During the second half of class, students will get a hands-on introduction to a particular tool or method, such as building an online public history exhibit in Omeka or constructing a 3D model of a historical building using SketchUp. During the last several weeks of the course, students will choose a particular topic or method and develop their own expertise in that area.
- Literacy: Understand the field of digital history and be able to critically read and evaluate the work that is being produced in this field.
- Methods: Gain familiarity with a suite of digital tools and develop more advanced expertise in one of these methods or applications.
- Learning How to Learn: Build a foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies that you will be able to apply to our own work moving forward.
- Professionalization: Become a better graduate student, historian, and digital citizen, from practical tips and tricks to larger ethics and values.
Note: This course satisfies the introductory requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities.