My Fall 2020 Course

HIST. 4200 Oral History Theory & Practice
Course Code: 5182
Tuesday and Thursday 6:05 PM-7:45 PM
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This course is an investigation in to the processes and procedures of oral history, and the ways this technique can be employed in the study of history. Together we will learn how to conduct interviews and create appropriate archival records about them and discuss the various ways oral testimony can be used.

Because oral history is a technique, this is a project-based course in which you will be learning theory and method, not “facts” about a particular time or place. Additionally, this is a ‘hands-on’ course. You learn by reading, certainly, but also by doing.

You will design and run your own oral history project and create a presentation that demonstrates your skill at collecting, interpreting and sharing oral history. The assignments along the way are designed to move you toward that goal by having you read, think and write about both about oral history broadly and about the particular oral histories you collect.