HIST204 Oral History

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Historic Preservation

I. Course Number and Title
HIST204 Oral History
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course combines the theory and practice of oral history with extensive field work. Students examine the legal and practical issues of recording oral histories as they apply to a public project. Students interview, record, transcribe, formally present and assemble the material into an accepted archival format.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of oral history theory, practice and legal requirements;
      2. evaluate an oral history project and conduct pre-interview research;
      3. apply interview techniques and methods conducting an oral history;
      4. compile transcripts into a formatted report;
      5. prepare oral history for storage according to accepted archival format; and
      6. present an individual or group presentation of their oral history project.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. introduction to oral history, its history, theory and practice
    2. interview techniques and review of processes used by historians
    3. selection of oral history topics and the interview selection process
    4. pre-interview context research, how and where to research
    5. legal issues and preservation of oral documentation materials
    6. conduct interview
    7. present findings for peer and instructor review
    8. prepare final individual or group project in audio-visual or written form
    9. present project
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Student assessment consists of exams, quizzes, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, presentations, participation in classroom/online discussions.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 11/12