Oral History (CULT 361)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Cultural Studies(CULT)
6.00 / 7.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Arzu Ünal arzu.unal@sabanciuniv.edu,
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This course will introduce students to the study of oral history. Oral histories are spoken memories about the past recorded by oral historians in a dialgue with individuals providing testimony. The study of oral history allows us to examine events and experiences not recorded by history (based on the study of written documents), as well as to analyze and interpret the meaning of events and experiences to individuals in the present. In this course, students will learn the techniques of doing oral history, read selected case studies, and conduct an oral history project of their own.


Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
? Explain the history of the emergence of oral history as a distinct field
? Apply the methodology of oral history
? Analyze oral history data
? Conduct an oral history project of their own
? Complete several oral history interviews
? Transcribe and analyze their interviews
? Make a class presentation and write a paper based on methodological and theoretical analysis of their interviews
The learning outcomes in this class parallels learning outcomes of the Cultural Studies Program with its focus on developing critical thinking, critical reading, ethical practices in research and the ability to create and complete an innovative research project from start to finish, including writing an original paper.