HST6042: Presenting the Past: Making History Public
15 credits (Semester 2017-18: Spring)
Module Leader 2017-18: Dr Colin Reid
'This module explores the different ways history has been presented in the public sphere. In seminars we will discuss TV historians, history in post-conflict societies and the history of country houses, while reflecting on the varied authorial choices involved in making history public. Students will then put our discussions into practice by creating an artefact of public history.' Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid
The primary focus of this module is the interpretation and creation of 'public history'. The module will enable you to reflect on the issues involved in disseminating history outside academia and develop communication and presentation skills for audiences outside higher education. You will be required to (1) analyse examples of public history and (2) create an example of public history.
The module may be of particular interest if planning to pursue careers in heritage, museums or education. Seminars will include discussion of: issues in public history; displaying objects and presenting interiors; the role of public history in post-conflict societies; writing for the 'public'; sound and vision; digital history.
The module aims to:
By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate:
|Seminar hours||Tutorial hours||Independent Learning|
The module will be taught in five, two-hour classes. The first three seminars will focus on thematic case-studies in public history. Classes will enable you to share knowledge, debate contentious issues and listen and respond to the views and ideas of others in a structured environment. The forth and fifth sessions will involve student presentations or displays of work that will serve the basis for your final assessment. You will, in addition, have individual tutorial contact with the module leader in order to discuss the work that you will write for assessment of this module.
|Assessment||% of final mark||Length|
|Group work||50%||2000 words (if written)|
You will submit one assessment with two components.
Part I (if written, a maximum of 2,000 words) will take the form of an example of public history, to be agreed with the module convenor or supervisor. Possible formats include: a webpage, a design for an exhibition, an historic house booklet, a script for a radio programme, a proposal for a TV series.
Part II (of 1,000 words) will provide the rationale for Part I, reflecting on the role of historical knowledge in non-academic environments, and situating Part I in the context of critical writing on public history.
For the group project please refer to the specific Presenting the Past Group Project Marking Criteria. The general marking criteria apply to the 1000 word reflective essay.
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