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Module

HIS8123 : Oral History and Public History

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Campbell
  • Lecturer: Professor Graham Smith
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

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 drop-in sessions.

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 completion140:0040:00preparation for assignment 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00Preparation for assessment 1
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1010:00100:00structured weekly reading and preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00seminars on themes and historiography of module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:303:00seminars on themes and historiography of module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Introduction
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00seminars on themes and historiography of module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00workshops on the assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Oral History Skills Workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:303:00Oral History Skills Workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Oral history skills workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00drop-in for assessment
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars 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
Essay2M50Essay 2500 words
Portfolio2A50Treatment of interview and pitch on how to use in public history setting. Up to 2500 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2M500-word plan for the final portfolio.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

It will test students' ability to conduct independent research, relate primary source documents to broader problem, design a research question, ability to formulate an interpretation of evidence in response to a question, and academic writing skills.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable