In this hands-on methods course, students will build interdisciplinary research skills focused on the theory and practice of oral history. We will explore the theories, methods, and debates surrounding one of the oldest research tools: oral testimony. Students will learn to critically evaluate oral sources and use oral histories in conjunction with other forms of research. Students will engage with the practical aspects of oral history by completing and transcribing two oral history interviews. In addition, students will gain a sophisticated understanding of individual and collective memory and the questions that both raise for writing oral history. Each student will participate in a class oral history project.
Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies
Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology
Satisfies a major requirement in CIS Educational Studies
Satisfies a minor requirement in Educational Studies
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement