HIST 890 (2SY) - Seminar: Historical Expl

Sem/Digital History

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Online Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   5  
CRN: 52476
Seminar in one of the fields listed below: A) American History, B) Atlantic History, C) Canadian History, D) Latin American History, E) Medieval History, F) History, G) History of Islam, H) Ancient History, I) East Asian History, J) African History, K) Middle Eastern History, L) Historiography, M) Russian History, N) World History, O) British History, P) New Hampshire History, Q) Historical Methodology, R) Irish History, S) History of Science, T) Maritime History, U) Museum.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): HIST 801
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 R 4:10pm - 6:00pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

How has the history of information shaped our world?

Curious about how museums are entering the electronic age?

Want to explore issues of information access and democracy in the digital age?

Ever wonder what gets scanned and what stays buried in the archive?

Want to explore career skills that combine liberal arts and computers/new media?


This seminar will focus on the process of creating, evaluating, and implementing digital history for teaching, research, museum, and public history purposes. The course readings, workshops, and discussions will expose students to the philosophy, practice, and controversies in the emerging field of digital history. It will also involve hands-on production and evaluation of digital history projects, including the UNH-produced HOSLAC website (History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, www.hoslac.org), as well as original student projects.

The constant stream of new technologies presents historians with both possibilities and perils; thus, the readings and assignments in this course are geared towards training students to approach electronic tools in a thoughtful and practical manner. As we explore the old and new approaches to historical research and presentation, we will find that some methodological issues are new; others remain the same! A central goal of the course is how to develop “best practices” with new technology, and to improve and expand access to narratives of the past. We also explore emerging career applications of this new field: for teaching, research, museums, and other forms of public history.