Like all history courses, this course aims to impart both knowledge about a specific subject and some broader skills.
- Give you a stronger vocabulary for interacting with data as a primary source and thinking about its origins, setting, and biases.
- Conduct and communicate archival research.
- Communicate clearly and respectfully in an oral setting.
- Write clearly and informatively about non-textual artifacts like datasets, data visualizations, and account books with a focus on clear, succinct, and precise description.
- Debate and describe the ways that contemporary practices of “Big Data” are shaped by and differ from a long historical context;
- Apply sophisticated historical models of technology shapes social change, and vice versa.
- Interpret historical sources of data, and recast them into contemporary terms you and your peers can understand; and
- Understand some of the major turning points in the history of computing, data collection, and social control.