LIFE STORIES, ORAL HISTORY AND MEMORY

HIS3RTP

2014

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.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRuth Ford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 45 credit points of second-year history subjects or coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HIS2RTP

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

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Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRuth Ford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
one 2,000-word research essay or digital life story with essay (2,000-word equivalent).Abstract and annotated bibliography mandatory50
one 5-minute oral presentation (500 words equivalent)10
one 60-90 minute taped interview and transcript (1,000-words equivalent)25
weekly tutorial activities(500-words equivalent)15

Shepparton, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRuth Ford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
one 2,000-word research essay or digital life story with essay (2,000-word equivalent).Abstract and annotated bibliography mandatory50
one 5-minute oral presentation (500 words equivalent)10
one 60-90 minute taped interview and transcript (1,000-words equivalent)25
weekly tutorial activities(500-words equivalent)15