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Module

HIS8123 : Oral History and Public History

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Graham Smith
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The course aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of oral history in the wider context of public history. It will aim to provide students with the skills necessary to conduct, record and edit an audio oral history interview to current broadcast and archive standards.

Outline Of Syllabus

Building on Newcastle University’s research strength through the Oral History Collective, this module will introduce students to the theory and ethics of oral history and its use in public history. Students will gain an understanding of a range of current theories within oral history, including:
• ‘experience’, ‘collective memory’ and ‘social remembering’
• the relationship between individual narratives, group narratives and public memory
• historical consciousness and public history
• ageing and historical justice

Two-hour sessions weekly delivered: a mix of seminars, practical workshops and online activities.

Students will be introduced to basic audio recording and editing techniques, as well as the ethical and legal considerations of conducting and (re)using oral history interviews for public audiences.
Students will present short introductory sessions around the seminar topics and receive feedback. They will each conduct a life history interview, which will be collectively evaluated and discussed in one of the seminars.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion351:0035:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading231:0023:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities114:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:307:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:307:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion111:0011:00Counts towards student contact hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study641:0064:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Structured online research and reading, plus lectures will introduce students to case studies. This includes how the theories of oral history might be applied to public history, and examples of how oral history interviews have been used in public history settings and products.
Small group teaching will allow students to develop their skills in group work and collaboration. Skills workshops will scaffold students learning of specific skills (see above) to successfully complete assigned tasks.
Practical working, the interview, metadata construction, and audio presentation will enable students to practice and refine skills. The outputs will also provide students with evidence of their competence in applying knowledge and skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M50Critical reflective writing (2000 words)
Portfolio2A50Consists of an interview and appropriate paperwork that includes ethical and legal clearances
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MIndividual student presentations on the use of oral history in public history outputs
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Practical working, the interview, metadata construction, and audio presentation will enable students to practice and refine skills. The outputs will also provide students with evidence of their competence in applying knowledge and skills.
The written essay demands that students make connections between theory and practice. This is set for mid-semester to allow time to receive and respond to feedback.
The interview deadline will be before the assessment period to allow for peer review and feedback.

Reading Lists

Timetable