HIST376 Oral History

Updated: 11 January 2016
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or ASST or ECON (units with a 4 or 5 as second digit [denoting ECON HIST] only) or HIST or HINQ or candidature in BArch(Hons) or BIndigStuds or a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST276 or LOCH216 or LOCH423

offered off campus in even-numbered years

Combined Units HIST476 - Oral History
Coordinator(s) Janis Wilton (jwilton@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Oral history is a social research methodology unit. It utilises approaches developed in the social sciences and applies them to conducting and interpreting interviews that record individuals' memories of past events and experiences. This unit introduces the interdisciplinary literature that underpins the method; the skills and ethical issues involved in conducting oral history interviews; and the challenges and processes of interpreting and presenting the insights and information collected through oral histories. It also provides an opportunity to conduct, interpret and present an interview with a person of your choice.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

The Oral History Handbook

ISBN: 9780646454443
Robertson, B., Oral History Association of Australia (South Australian Branch) 5th ed. 2013

Note: Other essential readings will be available through e-reserve in Dixson Library, UNE and as e-resources.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Off Campus

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

The Oral History Reader

ISBN: 9780415707336
Perks, R. and Thomson, A. (eds.), Routledge 3rd ed. 2015

Note: Also available as an e-book.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Portfolio 60% 4000
Assessment Notes

Oral history portfolio

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Workbook or Essay 40% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the nature of memories recorded through oral history interviews and their use as sources for social and historical research;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of and apply key theoretical, methodological and ethical concerns underpinning effective oral history interviews;
  3. assess critically the interpretation and use of oral history interviews in social and historical research; and
  4. with initiative and well developed judgement, plan and successfully complete an oral history interview project, and present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas.