College of Arts and Law

Oral History

Stories are central to the human experience.

Shared family stories contribute to a more complete picture of where we have come from and where we are going. In Oral History, you will learn about gathering family history through interviews. You will explore the ways in which oral history can complement, supplement, and even contradict written, pictorial, and other records. Practical skills you will acquire include how to record, transcribe, and share oral histories in a written form. You will also engage with ethical concerns and issues that may arise during the process of acquiring and sharing oral histories.

Study with concession tuition fees*: HECS Scholarships are available that cover half of the tuition fees for Oral History. You will be charged a tuition fee of 50% for this unit. HECS-HELP is available for Domestic Students wishing to defer this cost. Students will also be required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for 2016 when enrolled in Oral History. The cost of the SSAF is $43.50 per unit. This amount can be deferred through the SA-HELP form on eStudent for domestic students. SA-HELP eligibility can be confirmed at SSAF guidelines. This unit is offered within the Diploma of Family History (R2H) or the Associate Degree in Arts (R2B) / Bachelor of General Studies courses, depending on whether you are a commencing or continuing student.

Online: Oral History is part of a fully online suite of units to enable flexible study.

Free access to Library: Gain free access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories and other resources that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Unit Objectives

On successful completion of this unit you will understand:

  • The role of oral history in documenting family histories
  • Ethical issues and oral history
  • How to record oral histories
  • How to transcribe recordings
  • How to transform oral history into written history

(*conditions apply)

Further study opportunities available with fees concessions:

- Diploma of Family History
- Faculty of Arts units with fees concessions

Location: Online
Note: Regular access to a desktop computer is required to participate.

Current Intake:
Spring, 24 October 2016 (Closed)
Next Intake:
Spring, 23 October 2017

General Enquiries:
+61 3 6226 6365

What students say...

"We completed the very first Introduction to Family History course during the summer of 2014/2015. The lecture material was great and the small discussion groups encouraged students both to learn from and encourage others in the group. Though we have been researching for many years, the course reinforced much of what we knew and offered a different perspective on research."
- Rosemary and Eric Kopittke, Brisbane

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