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Spring 2018-2019
* HIS 453 / LAS 453 / URB 453 (HA)   na, npdf

Digital Histories of Crime in the Americas

Robert A. Karl

This research seminar explores, through use of various digital methodologies, the discursive and spatial aspects of crime in the 20th-century South and North American city. Departing from an expansive definition of "the criminal," students will study historical and historiographical understandings of a variety of "deviant" behaviors, including political mobilizations, student protests, certain social configurations, market transactions, and sexual practices. By examining the ways these topics relate to urban space, the seminar will engage with larger issues of law, citizenship, the public sphere, social control, and state and private power.

Sample reading list:
Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archives
Pablo Piccato, City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931

Reading/Writing assignments:
Average 135pgs/week in the 7 of 12 weeks in which there are readings. Students will write several short response papers on readings and digital humanities projects. Students will also complete three digital exercises, two involving spatial data and one using text mining. The culminating assignment is an independent research project, based on primary sources and with a substantial digital component, on crime in a South or North American city of each student's choosing.

Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Statistical, design or other software use required
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No previous training in the digital humanities is expected..

Other information:
The syllabus is structured around the case study of 20th-century Bogotá, though alternate readings may be substituted. Seminars will generally be divided between discussion of the assigned readings and a Digital Module, in which students will receive instruction in digital humanities tools, including geographic information systems (GIS) and text mining.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42341 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed