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HIST 391 A - Oral History Methods

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Introduces students to the ethical discourses and practical methods in oral history. Its primary purpose is to prepare students with oral and archival research skills that are crucial for the examination of the history and memory of communities. Among the questions that the class will consider are: what is the connection between the historical record and the remembered past- How reliable are these memories and does reliability matter- How do people mobilize and manipulate accounts of the past for purposes of community building, historic preservation, and political development- Course Information: Same as LLS 391.

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Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the pleasures and challenges of creating and using in-depth, oral history interviews in historical research. We will explore not only how such interviews can be used to explore what happened in the past but also how memories of the past are constructed in the present as people give meaning to their lives through story. You will pursue these questions through hands-on fieldwork that will question community issues and contribute to local public history projects through community engagement.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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