Oral History (CULT 561)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Cultural Studies(CULT)
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 dialogue 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