HIST190-002: Freshman Seminar

Topic: Reading with Computers

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Cox Computer Classroom - 230C
Ravina, Mark
Appropriate for First Year students.
Introduces first-year students to the discipline of history, particularly historical sources and methods; aims to improve critical reading, analytical, and writing skills in small group discussion.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: http://evidence.emory.edu/in-the-news/evidence-focused-courses.html

Our course will focus on how and whether computers can help us "read"? While computers can give use word counts from millions of books, articles and social media posts, what do those numbers mean? If the word "happy" appears more often in one group of texts, does that mean the authors (or readers) were happier? Phrased differently, how do quantitative measures of a text relate to its meaning? What can we learn by reading, and re-reading a text, and how should combine those insights with quantitative measures and methods?

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