HIST476 Oral History

Updated: 26 October 2015
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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST276 or HIST376 or LOCH216 or LOCH423

offered off campus in even-numbered years

Combined Units HIST376 - 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

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 Assignment 1 40% 2000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Assignment 2 60% 4000
Assessment Notes

Oral history portfolio

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of and critically evaluate the nature of memories recorded through oral history interviews and their use as sources for social and historical research;
  2. critically assess and apply at an advanced level, key theoretical, methodological and ethical issues underpinning effective oral history interviews;
  3. assess critically and at an advanced level the interpretation and use of oral history interviews in social and historical research; and
  4. with high level independent judgement, plan, complete and reflectively evaluate an oral history interview project, and present a coherent and sustained exposition of knowledge and ideas.