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Module

HIS2219 : Oral History and Memory

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Graham Smith
  • Lecturer: Dr Alison Atkinson-Phillips
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Memories are living history and over the past seventy years, oral history has transformed the practice of contemporary history in many countries. This module will provide an overview of the historical development of oral history as a research method for historians, develop students’ awareness of memory as a historical source and explore the changing uses of both since the 1950s. Through the use of a theme each year, students will examine the possibilities of using oral history as a way of understanding the past; develop an awareness of the ethical and practical issues involved and develop skills required to research, design, manage and undertake oral history interviews either in person or remotely.

There is a practical oral history project component to this module. You will work as part of a group on a topic related to a theme in contemporary history (there will be a theme each year) and conduct an oral history interview. This element of the module will provide you with experience in interviewing, transcribing, and analysis of oral histories, as well as exploring how they could be used in public histories.

The aims of this module are:
-       To introduce students to the benefits and ethical challenges of using oral history as a methodology;
-       To help students to understand the challenges of combining theory and practice through the first-hand experience of interviewing;
-       To introduce students to recent historical research and to guide them in the analysis of theories and texts;
-       To give students the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of recent history;
-       To give students an awareness of recording technologies and transcription;
-       To guide students in planning and accomplishing a successful oral history project.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following is a guide only. Actual subjects may differ from those listed.

Topics may include:
What is oral history? (and how has it developed?)
The ethics of oral history      
Understanding historical memory
Doing oral history: designing and planning
Conducting a successful interview: Recording and transcribing
After the interview: analysing and interpretation
Using oral history in public
Reflecting on oral histories

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.

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