Units of Study

HSTY2602 - Tablet to iPad: A History of Information

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: John Gagne


How has information technology shaped our past? This unit investigates the history of the Western world's technologies of literacy and organisation of knowledge. We start with ancient materials - clay, wax, skin, paper - and the organisation and circulation of information from antiquity to the Renaissance. How did pre-modern networks function? Who was the public? The author? We compare Western systems with those of China, the Islamic World, and the Americas, and conclude with the new challenges of the digital age.


1x1500wd journal (30%), 1x500wd bibliography (10%), 1x500wd essay outline (10%), 1x2000wd essay (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


(12 junior credit points of History or Ancient History) or (12 senior credit points of Digital Cultures)


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