This interdisciplinary course explores the effects of the digital age on producing and consuming history. Some guiding questions:
In addressing these questions, we’ll draw from contemporary readings in history, public history, historiography, digital humanities, literary studies, media studies, and library and museum studies. Along with our readings, we will investigate a variety of digital history, archival, and journalistic projects that feature various digital methods (such as text analysis, mapping, data visualization, and so on). We’ll critique the various facets of these projects (data, design, interface, utility, etc.) to understand the technologies and data involved.
NOTE THAT ALL WORK IS OPTIONAL! You need to do as many assignments to get whatever grade you want. There are more assignments given than anyone needs to do. Do the ones that interest you and do them well! Note that point values are the MAXIMUM possible, not what you get for merely completing them.
NOTE: If you have already done significant work on an original assignment that can’t transfer to the new ones (or if you don’t want to do that), you are more than welcome to complete the original assignment instead.
Note everything is 10 points less than before to make up for getting behind earlier and not presenting enough scoring opportunities.
The whole purpose of these latest syllabus revisions (of which there have been too many) is to make sure we finish strong by having fun learning some cool new stuff and tying everything together with minimal stress and anxiety about deadlines and assignments. If you follow the recommended deadlines for drafts, it will be VERY EASY to get an ‘A’ for the course. And you will have done enough work to truly earn it.
Because our various exercises are optional and have no official deadlines (before the final due date, obv), so you can choose exercises that seem most interesting to you, you only have one real assignment—your digital portfolio that will showcase the exercises you have chosen to do.
Therefore, nothing is going to be officially graded before the end of finals week. This gives you more time to draft, revise, and improve your work over time.
You are heartily encouraged to email me AT ANY TIME and AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT with a URL of an exercise or of your entire portfolio for an evaluation and grade estimate. I will get back to you as soon as I can, with as helpful of feedback as I can. This way you get all the feedback you want when you are ready for it.
Up to three unexcused absences are allowed without any grade penalty. However, after that, you lose roughly two points for every absence—so that basically every two missed classes lowers your grade one notch (B+ to B, for instance). If you reach ten absences, I will drop you from the course. Family or medical emergencies are excused absences, provided that you get in touch with me ASAP about them.
I heartily encouraged you to speak with me at any time about how I think you’re doing in the class and how it can be improved (if at all). If life gets overwhelming during the course, it can be tempting to drift away from an elective course like this. Rather than disappear, please come talk with me about how we can accommodate your circumstances and thus avoid digging a huge hole from which it becomes increasingly difficult to escape.
There are NO REQUIRED BOOKS for this course. But you will need to subscribe to the course Zotero library to access assigned articles. This will be discussed in class, but for reference, please see the instructions for connecting. The URL for the group library is https://www.zotero.org/groups/1647219/digital-history-unm/items.
CAPS Tutoring Services is a free-of-charge educational assistance program available to UNM students enrolled in classes. Online services include the Online Writing Lab, Chatting with or asking a question of a Tutor.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodations of their disabilities. If you have a disability requiring accommodation, please contact me immediately to make arrangements as well as Accessibility Services Office in 2021 Mesa Vista Hall at 277-3506 or http://as2.unm.edu/index.html. Information about your disability is confidential.
You should be familiar with UNM’s Policy on Academic Dishonesty and the Student Code of Conduct which outline academic misconduct defined as plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, or facilitating any such act.
##Citizenship and/or Immigration Status All students are welcome in this class regardless of citizenship, residency, or immigration status. I will respect your privacy if you choose to disclose your status. As for all students in the class, family emergency-related absences are normally excused with reasonable notice to the professor, as noted in the attendance guidelines above. UNM as an institution has made a core commitment to the success of all our students, including members of our undocumented community. The Administration’s welcome is found on our website: http://undocumented.unm.edu/.