Oral History Australia
Giving Voice to the Past

Oral History Courses at Australian Universities

New South Wales

University of New England, Armidale

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.

Contact: Janis Wilton - jwilton@une.edu.au


Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane

QUT has three oral history related courses.  KCP415 Co-Creative Media: Digital Storytelling (2016),   KWP420 Transmedia Storytelling: From Interview To Multi-Platform and a new unit running this year (2016)  KKP414 Digital Writing: Word Under Glass. 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)

Contact: Helen Klaebe - h.klaebe@qut.edu.au

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland (USC)

HIS230: Talking History: Memory and the Pastis 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.

Contact: Francesco Ricatti - fricatti@usc.edu.au


Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria

Monash University's History Program supports graduate research in a wide range of fields including oral history and memory studies, public and applied history, holocaust and genocide studies, medieval and religious history, and Australian, Asian, European or North American history. Postgraduate research students can undertake doctoral research, or can take a Masters by research or a Masters that combines coursework with research. Further details at http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/graduate-research-programs/historical-studies-program/

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.
To discuss graduate options,

Contact: Alistair Thomson - alistair.thomson@monash.edu

South Australia

University of South Australia, SA

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.

Contact: Sue Anderson - Sue.Anderson@unisa.edu.au


University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania is offering as part of its Diploma of Family History, a unit entitled ‘Oral History’, which is fully online and has a fee concession for domestic students.
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.


Columbia University in New York also offers an Oral History Master of Arts Program and a Summer School in Oral History: http://oralhistory.columbia.edu