How Does History Count?

History 88

Spring 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
105 Cory
Day & Time: 
Tuesdays 200-400
CCN: 
40083
Units: 
2

In this connector course, we will explore how historical data becomes historical evidence and how recent technological advances affect long-established practices, such as close attention to historical context and contingency. Will the advent of fast computing and big data make history “count” more or lead to unprecedented insights into the study of change over time? During our weekly discussions, we will apply what we learn in lectures and labs to the analysis of selected historical sources and get an understanding of constructing historical datasets. We will also consider scholarly debates over quantitative evidence and historical argument.