How to get started with Oral History
Oral History Courses at Australian Universities
New South Wales
UNE has taught oral history since the early 1980s. The specific oral history unit is HIST376 (at undergraduate level) and HIST476 (at postgraduate level) is part of a suite of applied history units that are available to internal and external students.
The unit materials are delivered online, and there are online discussion forums. You can study from home.
UNE also offers the following dedicated history courses. At undergraduate level:
At postgraduate level:
There is also the opportunity to do postgraduate research in oral history as part of a masters coursework program] or as a focus for higher degree research for MA Honours or a PhD.
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QUT has three oral history related courses. KCP415 Co-Creative Media: Digital Storytelling https://www.qut.edu.au/study/unit-search/unit?unitCode=KCP415, (2016) KWP420 Transmedia Storytelling: From Interview To Multi-Platform https://www.qut.edu.au/study/unit-search/unit?unitCode=KWP420 and a new unit running this year (2016) KKP414 Digital Writing: Word Under Glass at https://www.qut.edu.au/study/unit-search/unit?unitCode=KKP414 All of these are post graduate courses run at QUT. Students who are studying at other universities are welcome to do the unit as an elective, if their university lets them.
Anyone can enrol in these courses, even if they are not enrolled in a course. QUT also offers a variation of these as a CPE (Continuing Professional Education course) which means it is a little cheaper and you do not have to do all the assessment.
QUT also runs these a couple of times a year in intensive mode. These are only available for internal participants (you have to physically be in Brisbane)
HIS230: Talking History: Memory and the Past is offered to undergraduate students on campus every year in semester two. It introduces students to the theoretical, methodological, ethical and practical aspects of oral history, enabling them to undertake their own oral history projects in a professional manner.
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Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria
Some of the units (including Al Thomson's 'Recording Oral History: Theory and Practice' graduate unit, can be taken by extension (ie as a distance unit) - Students not taking a research degree but wanting to enrol and pay for a single unit are able to apply so long as they have the prerequisites for graduate study.
Oral History Workshop (HUMS 3044) is a 13 week course offered every year in the second semester, both internally and externally. It is offered as part of a history major in the Bachelor of Arts: Indigenous Cultures and Australian Society. However, like QUT, anyone can enrol in this course, even if they are not enrolled in a program. We also accept cross-institutional enrolments. The workshop covers oral history theory and practice, combined with archival retrieval methods and aims to produce well-rounded oral historians.
Accredited Oral History Training now available in Australian Vocational Education Training (VET) Sector
RECORD AND DOCUMENT COMMUNITY HISTORY AHCILM404A
is now available to be taught Australia wide. It comprises
three workshops with assessments to be completed.
Practical tasks to be completed to gain the qualification include:
If you have completed other oral history courses, workshops or interviews you can apply for 'recognition of prior learning' (RPL).
COURSE COSTS: $180 no GST applicableQualifications required to teach
To teach the accredited oral history course trainers must hold the following qualifications:
A Diploma of Teaching or Bachelor of Education provides you with the skills to teach adults but does not give you the correct credentials to teach, train and assess within Australia's Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
Enjoy a unique Broome experience at the Goolarri Media Enterprises oral history winter school. The winter school comprises three consecutive workshops and upon successful completion participants are awarded with a nationally recognised statement of attainment: AHCILM404A Record and Document Community History, issued by Goolarri RTO No: 51278
The training will be delivered by Dr Elaine Rabbitt who has developed the course.
Who should attend?
Those wanting to gain an accredited oral history qualification:
Community members, historians, museum and interpretive centre staff, librarians, students and academics.
COURSE COSTS: $395 (NO GST)
Includes enrolment fees, resources, participant handbook, assessment
Course inquiries contact Elaine: Ph: 0439985229 or firstname.lastname@example.org