Public History I (HIC1200)
|Staff||Dr Bryony Onciul - Lecturer|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The aim of this module is to provide you with a core theoretical understanding of the key issues in Public History. You will have the opportunity to put theory into practice in the assignments and placement, which will help you to critically review and engage with current debates in the field. You will acquire competency in a number of transferable skills, including experience in basic oral history interview methodology and writing for the public. The module includes work experience that will enable you to put your skills into practice in the public sphere and reflect critically upon the interrelations between theory and practice in public history.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Understand main concepts and debates within public history
- 2. Demonstrate competency in oral history methods and writing for the public
- 3. Reflect critically upon the relationship between theory and practice
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate competent use of archives, libraries and electronic databases to find information
- 5. Critically evaluate the use of historical evidence
- 6. Contextualize changing perspectives and approaches over time
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Work collaboratively on group exercises
- 8. Work independently on oral history interview and public history placement
- 9. Develop oral presentation skills
Weeks 1-3 Public history origins, development, concepts and debates.
Weeks 4-7 Analysing exhibits, producing and consuming public history. Visit.
Weeks 8-9 Ethics and controversy
Week 10-12 Oral history, public and private pasts, and interview methods
Weeks 1-3 Heritage designation and funding; Engaging with and representing communities
Weeks 4-8 Public history in film, fiction, digital media, and archives. Visit.
Week 10-11 Working with the public, placements and projects
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||22||lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||18||seminars|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||6||2 x fieldtrips, museum and heritage site|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||2||2xplacement talks and 1x meeting|
|Work experience 1 week||40||Self organized work experience|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Oral Presentations||Short (15 minutes) group presentations during specified seminars in semester one and two||1, 3-7, 9||Verbal|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Exhibition and Oral History Portfolio||50||1500 words||1-6, 8||Written feedback|
|Placement Portfolio||50||1500 words||1, 3-6, 8||Verbal and written feedback sheet|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Exhibition and Oral History Portfolio||Essay 1.500w||1,3-6, 8||Referral/deferral period|
|Placement Portfolio||Essay 1.500w||1,3-6, 8||Referral/deferral period|
The essay will be used as 100% of the reassessment.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Ashton, P. and H. Kean, (eds.) (2009) People and their Pasts. New York: Palgrave.
Corsane, G. (ed.) (2005) Heritage, Museums and Galleries. An Introductory Reader. New York: Routledge.
Dicks, B. (2003) Culture on Display. The Production of Contemporary Visitability. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Groot, J. de. (2009) Consuming History. Historians and heritage in contemporary popular culture. London: Routledge.
Hamilton, P. and L. Shopes, (eds.) (2008) Oral History and Public Memories. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Harrison, R. (ed.) (2010) Understanding the politics of heritage. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Karp, I. and S. D. Lavine (1991) Exhibiting cultures : the poetics and politics of museum display. London: Smithsonian Books
Knell, S.J., S. MacLeod and S. Watson (eds.) (2007) Museum Revolutions. How museums change and are changed. London: Routledge.
Lord B. and G. Dexter Lord (eds.) (2001) The Manual of Museum Exhibitions. Oxford: AltaMira Press.
Macdonald, S. (ed.) (2006) A Companion to Museum Studies. Blackwell.
Marstine, J. (ed.) (2011) The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics. London: Routledge.
Perks, R. and A. Thomson (2006) The Oral History Reader, 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
Ravelli, L., (2006) Museum Texts: Communication Frameworks. Oxon: Routledge.
Serrell, B. (1996) Labels: An Interpretive Approach. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
Watson, S. (ed.) (2007) Museums and their communities. London: Routledge.
Yow, V. (2005) Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2nd ed. Altamira Press.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Courtney Library, Bartlett Library, Cornwall Record Office, Tremough Archive.
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
History, Heritage, Museums