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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 this unit, you will learn about the role of oral history in documenting family history. 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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Oral History
Unit code HAA106
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media

Cathryn Hughes

Teaching staff

Emma Donnelly and Megan Abel

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the role of oral history in documenting family histories.
  2. Describe the ethical issues involved in oral history.
  3. Record and transcribe oral histories.
  4. Transform oral history into written history.



Teaching Pattern

Fully online


Task 1: Online Quiz (20%)

Task 2: Recording and Transcription exercise, 10 minutes (40%)

Task 3: Written Essay, 1000 words (40%)

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