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Aims and Assessment


By the end of this module the student should be able to:

  • Assess and analyse the ways public history is produced, used and consumed outside academia
  • Understand how historical research is disseminated in a variety of ways for public consumption
  • Translate historical ideas and narratives to various public audiences (other than academics)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how local organizations engage with communities and disseminate history
  • Produce a historical-based research project for public consumption



  • Assignment 1: Seminar Engagement (10%): Students will be asked to organize and facilitate a seminar discussion on a current public history 'controversy' of their choice. The mark will be based on agreed upon criteria and self-assessment. For more information, visit the page on facilitation here.
  • Assignment 2: 600-word blog post (10%): Students will be asked to write a blog post (for public audience) that critically assesses a heritage site, exhibition, historical film, theatrical production or novel based upon historical accuracy, engagement, and presentation. DUE TERM 1, WEEK 7
  • Assignment 3: 2,500-word essay (30%): Students will be asked to write an essay focused on various challenges, theories or debates in public history. Students should speak to the module convenor about the question before beginning the essay. Questions can be adapted from seminar discussion questions or students can create their own. Students can also refer to list of sample topics for inspiration. DUE TERM 2, WEEK 8
  • Assignment 4: 4,500-word reflective journal (50%): The final assignment of the module is a reflective journal based on the student's experience of their placement. Guidance on how to write this are available online, but will also be discussed in class and examples will be provided. DUE TERM 3, WEEK 2