Course Details

Course Name
Digital History: What? Why? How?
Course Type
Master Programme
Institution
Tel Aviv University
Department
History
Information
https://www30.tau.ac.il/yedion/syllabus.asp?year=2017&course=0654400901
Curriculum
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Status
record actively maintained
Course Language
Hebrew
Start Date
2017-10-22
recurring
ECTS
-
Lecturer
Oded Zrachia
PID
Disciplines: History
Techniques: Georeferencing, Linked Open Data, Pattern Recognition, Searching, Text Mining
Objects: Text
Access Requirements
Reading throughout the semester together with regular attendance and active participation in seminar meetings are required in order to obtain a passing grade in the seminar. Students will prepare brief reports on readings and on their own experiments (alone or in groups) with different digital tools. Each student will decide according to his/her own program needs and the norms of the MA program, whether to submit a research paper, a referat, or take a grade as an active participant in the course.
Description
Digital Humanities in general, and specifically Digital History, are becoming more widespread and popular as the latest fashion in research methodologies. Digital tools enable historians to work quantitatively and qualitatively in ways that yield new insights and results that were not necessarily accessible in the past. But what is fashionable is not necessarily more successful or more appropriate as historical method. The seminar seeks to discover what Digital History is all about in order to understand more thoroughly what this way of “doing history” comprises and what it can offer. In what ways is it similar or different from other methodologies? What are the strengths and weaknesses of different digital tools? Readings for the seminar will include written research about digital history and digital humanities as well as research that has integrated different tools as part of a research strategy. In addition, students will experiment with different technologies to learn first-hand what they involve and which ones may be helpful in their field and in their own research.
Keywords
Disciplines: History
Techniques: Georeferencing, Linked Open Data, Pattern Recognition, Searching, Text Mining
Objects: Text