Cook County Criminal Court Building at Dearborn and Hubbard Streets, 1874-1892, built by Armstrong & Egan.

Cook County Criminal Court Building at Dearborn and Hubbard Streets, 1874-1892, built by Armstrong & Egan.

Welcome to the Digital Past.

This course will prepare you to use and understand a wide variety of current and emerging digital technologies, including maps, data sets, and visualizations. We’ll explore these technologies in the context of an upper-division history class, but no background in history is required. We’ll discuss how to find and use digital information for research, including how to write and publish effectively online. We’ll explore issues of ethics, copyright and information security, and experiment with a wide variety of online tools and technologies. Additionally, we’ll cover advanced search methods, and how to pull together disparate pieces of a research project into a coherent whole. Over the course of the semester, students will use these technologies to create and publish an individual research project (of their choosing) about crime in Chicago between 1870 and 1930. While we will be focusing primarily on that particular place during that particular historical era, you will be free to pursue a well-formed research question reflecting your individual interests within that framework.

This course site will house the core information for a successful semester, including, learning goals, course requirements, assignments, and the only up-to-date schedule.

 

Last updated: November 19, 2015 at 18:39 pm