ATS4297 - Oral history summer school - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Alistair Thomson


Professor Alistair Thomson

Not offered in 2018


APG4297, APG5297


The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (


The unit examines the theory and practice of oral history, drawing upon the rich inter-disciplinary and international literature in the field and through critical reflection on students' own oral history interview practice. Students will explore: debates about memory and oral history; approaches and issues in interview preparation; approaches and issues in conducting oral history interviews; digital audio recording techniques and issues; ethical, epistemological and political issues posed by the oral history relationship; and approaches and issues in the documentation, preservation and use of oral history interviews.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse the key intellectual and political debates about the nature of recorded memory and its use as a source for social and historical research;
  2. assess and employ the essential elements of oral history project preparation, techniques of oral history interviewing, recording and documentation, and Monash University and Oral History Association ethical guidelines;
  3. critique the debates about transcription and documentation, oral history methodologies and the oral history relationship;
  4. critically assess, in oral and written form, the academic scholarship, including methods, assumptions and uses of evidence, and organise and defend a verbal and written argument based upon those assessments;
  5. devise, plan and successfully complete an oral history interview project, including research and preparation, an extended interview and appropriate documentation;
  6. evaluate issues posed within the course of an oral history recording project by drawing upon oral history scholarship.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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