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Module

HIS1104 : Public History

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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

Particular attention will be paid to the following aims:

•       Evaluation of the significance of public history and public understandings of the past
•       Introducing the historiography of, and key elements in the history of the public history
•       Exploring examples of public history products and the media of public history
•       Introducing students to public history theory
•       Developing an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of using primary and secondary sources in public history
•       Develop students’ capacity to work in groups
•       Understanding how public historians communicate history
•       Developing students’ capacity for independent learning and research

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module you will gain an understanding of how historians and others make use of the past in the present, and the responsibilities this involves, including in shaping public understandings of history. You will look at the uses of history in today’s world and consider your own role in making and consuming history.

Through case studies, you will evaluate the influence of both historians' interpretations and the history presented through different media and in a variety of public spaces. You will hear from a number of historians, from Newcastle and beyond, who will present with authority and from experience about the intersection of their research with the public domain.

You will also be able to reflect and discuss the different and changing meanings that are ascribed to history, through a public history perspective. In doing so, an indicative list of possible topics includes:

1.       Thinking about public history: theories, techniques practices and jobs
2.       ‘Is the War Over Yet?’ Conflict and peace in First World War commemoration – the case of Ireland
3.       The history of India and (de)colonisation on television and cinema
4.       Museum wars: the Enola Gay exhibition and the Glasgow ghost-shirt
5.       Mediating memory, history, methods and post-memory
6.       The challenges of the public reception of histories of fascism
7.       Radio: Voices of authority?
8.       Writing for Fascism? Holocaust denial and the history book
9.       Podcasting and blogging the past
10.       Skills workshop 1: History matters: Choosing a blog topic
11.       How do we know what publics think about their pasts? An international perspective
12.       Black arm band histories: Settler and postcolonial histories
13.       Horrible Histories: Television history for children
14.       Immersive history: video games and technologies of historical experience
15.       Skills workshop 2: writing a blog post
16.       Skills workshop 3: presenting the blog post on-line

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

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