LIFE STORIES, ORAL HISTORY AND MEMORY

HIS2RTP

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students conduct an oral history interview and produce a written or digital historical life story. We examine the theory, practice and ethics of oral history. Why are some events remembered and others forgotten? How do private memories intersect with popular memories? How do gender, class, ethnicity and generation shape people's narratives? We explore how individual stories illuminate historical change by considering oral histories of life in regional/rural Australia. Students will analyse stories people tell on a theme they choose (work, leisure, recreation, courtship, migration, environment, health, education, community) and gain experience in interviewing, interpretation and writing history.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRuth Ford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first-year history subjects and 15 credit points of another first year Humanities and Social Sciences subject or coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HIS3RTP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsOral History HandbookRecommendedOHAA, 2006ROBERTSON, B.
ReadingsThe oral history readerRecommendedPerks, R. & Thomson, A. edsROUTLEDGE 2006

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse ethical and/or cultural issues raised by research into a historical topic.

Activities:
weekly tutorial activities (500-words equivalent) 60-90 minute taped interview and transcript (1,000-words equivalent) 2,000-word essay OR digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Critical Thinking

02. Focussing on time and context, analyse continuity and change.

Activities:
weekly tutorial activities (500-words equivalent) 60-90 minute taped interview and transcript (1,000-words equivalent) 2,000-word essay OR digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

03. In a team and/or individually, assimilate historians' lines of arguments and use of sources in relation to a particular historical problem, placing all in their contexts.

Activities:
weekly tutorial activities (500-words equivalent) 2,000-word essay OR digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Writing
Teamwork

04. In a team and/or individually, investigate a historical topic and frame a response in any one of a variety of history genres

Activities:
5-minute oral presentation in class 2,000-word essay OR digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Writing
Teamwork

05. In a team and/or individually, present a referenced talk or multi-media project using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument or narrative about an aspect of the past.

Activities:
5-minute oral presentation in class Digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Teamwork
Creative Problem-solving
Speaking

06. In a team and/or individually, present orally an historical argument or narrative

Activities:
5-minute oral presentation in class
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Writing
Teamwork
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

07. In a team and/or individually, reflect explicitly on the use of primary sources: the student's own, and other historians'.

Activities:
weekly tutorial activities (500-words equivalent) 2,000-word essay OR digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Teamwork

08. In representing a past, analyse sources beside texts.

Activities:
60-90 minute taped interview and transcript (1,000-words equivalent) weekly tutorial activities (500-words equivalent) 5-minute oral presentation in class 2,000-word essay OR digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

09. Write a referenced essay using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument or narrative about an aspect of the past.

Activities:
2,000-word essay OR digital life story with essay (2,000-words equivalent)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

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