HIST 498 D - Research and Writing Seminar
Capstone course required of all majors. Students will make history by researching and writing a work of original scholarship. Several of these seminars are offered each term and each focuses on a special topic, thus allowing students with similar interests to work through the process of gathering, interpreting, and organizing historical evidence under the direction of an expert in the field. The topics on offer each semester will be listed in the Class Schedule and described in the department's course guide at http://www.history.illinois.edu. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.
Topic: Oral History and Modern US Description: This course explores the pleasures and challenges of creating and using oral history as a method for historical research. We will begin by tracing the emergence of oral history in the 1970s as a result of broader civil and social justice movements. 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. Students will develop their own original research project based on the class themes.
Option 1Number of Required Visit(s): 0
Course Level: Graduate