During this course students will develop the skills of independent research while also exploring the history of how communication methods and society have evolved together across the past five hundred years. Over the semester students will plan and research their own projects on a particular social or cultural dimension of a historical "Information Technology." In this project, they will hone their skills at interpreting primary sources--the raw material historians use to understand the past. They will also be expected to engage with secondary sources--the works of scholarship written by historians and other researchers. Student's projects will culminate in the production of a research paper, and a short presentation to the class.
Prerequisites: SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar