CAH3862 - Oral History and Field Study

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chinese and History
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2021/22

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course explores the ethics, politics, and practices of oral history and, in general, fieldwork as an important research methodology. Through introducing the importance of oral history in historical and ethnographic studies, it engages closely with discussions and debates about field study, its ethical norms, and issues about memory and representation. By using multimedia tools, it will also focus on the practices of oral history and field study, including training on how to conduct ethnographic observations and oral interviews, how to transcribe interview reports and fieldnotes, how to assess and contextualize the field data, and what the products of fieldwork are. Students will not only acquire skills for conducting oral history and field research, but also develop a cultural understanding of the informants, locales, and historical objects.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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