- Code HUMN8038
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest History, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Alexandra Dellios
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This course engages with the critical issues surrounding oral history and heritage, and the practical means to conduct their own oral history projects in a heritage management context. The course responds to calls in the literature to embed oral history in heritage practice, and considers the global trend in heritage legislation to more closely consider intangible heritage and social value in both the identification and management of heritage places and collections.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- engage with current debates (nationally and internationally) around memory and place, and the role of memory in identifying and managing heritage sites and collections;
- conduct oral history interviews, with an eye to creating a record of the varied and changing uses and meanings of places over time; and
- relate oral history to heritage practice and the heritage management sector, and articulate its attendant ethical implications.
Indicative AssessmentEthics clearance for oral history projects (10%). Learning Outcome 3.
6 Blog posts on Wattle relating to readings and seminar content, 200 words each (30%). Learning Outcomes 1 and 3.
Oral History Project, embedded in a Heritage Significance Assessment (Place/Collection), 4000 words (50%). Learning Outcomes 2 and 3.
Presentation on Oral History Project, 5 minutes (10%). Learning Outcomes 2 and 3.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
The Oral History Reader, Second Edition. Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson. 2006. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon.
Denis Byrne, Helen Brayshaw & Tracey Ireland, Social Significance: a discussion paper, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2003.
De Groot, Jerome. Consuming history: Historians and heritage in contemporary popular culture. Routledge, 2016.
Hamilton, Paula and Linda Shopes. Oral History and Public Memories. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.
Darian-Smith, Kate and Paula Hamilton. Remembering Migration: oral histories and heritage in Australia, Palgrave series on Memory Studies, (scheduled for 2019 release).
Pocock, Celmara, David Collett, and Linda Baulch. "Assessing stories before sites: identifying the tangible from the intangible." International Journal of Heritage Studies 21, no. 10 (2015): 962-982.
Prinsen, D., 2013. Oral history and attachment to place in cultural heritage management: A case study of the shack community at Era, Royal National Park, NSW. Oral History Association of Australia Journal (35), p.77.
Thomson, A., 2007. Four Paradigm Transformations in Oral History. The Oral History Review, 34(1), pp.49-70.
Denis Byrne & Maria Nugent, Mapping Attachment: aspatial approach to Aboriginal post-contact heritage, Sydney, Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW), 2004.
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