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WIHEA Masterclass: Using archives in UG teaching

Thursday, 22 June 2017
2.30 - 4 pm in Room R0.12

All staff are invited to this WIHEA Masterclass, which provides four, 15 minute presentations and a group discussion about using archives in UG teaching.

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The Collaborative Research Seminar: Undergraduate students ENGAGING in all the steps of a research project

Mélanie Méthot, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus

In the collaborative research seminar, Augustana students explore the field of Canadian Criminal legal history. They learn all the steps of a research project, from the conceptualization of the project to the research methodologies and approaches, experimenting with data interpretation and communication of results. Students acquire valuable archival research experience at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, they learn how to work as a team, and they perfect oral and written communication skills. I will explain the functioning of the seminar, highlight the successes, and point to the limits (pitfalls) of such an endeavour from my own perspective and from students’ observations.

Crime & Punishment in the Long Nineteenth Century – UG Student Research in Action

Sarah Richardson, University of Warwick (History & WIHEA Foundation Fellow)

The traditional History special subject is a primary source based module aiming to help students prepare for the research skills needed for their dissertations. However, established methods are tutor-intensive, with the module leader generally selecting the key primary source material for the students (often to highlight particular issues or debates in the secondary literature). The Crime and Punishment module takes a ‘student as producer’ approach where students are viewed as co-researchers to the module tutor. There is a negotiated curriculum (and negotiated assessment) and the students research and select their own primary source material from the archives to support the topics. The module starts off in the archive, using the records of the Howard League for Penal Reform and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, located in the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. They quickly learn to appreciate the challenges of archival research!

The play’s the thing: Using archives and performance in UG teaching

Jane Bryan, University of Warwick (Law & WIHEA Foundation Fellow)

An IATL-funded project was undertaken in 2016 involving a group of undergraduates from the Warwick Law School, in conjunction with Warwick Town Council and a local theatre group, to unlock Warwick Town’s criminal past and bring to light, and to life in the form of a theatrical play, neglected tales of local nineteenth century crimes and punishments. This presentation seeks to share the experiences and insights gained from this experimentation with the ‘play’ as a form of creative, collaborative, open-space teaching and learning, drawing attention to the power of drama both as a driver to encourage independent undergraduate research and as an innovative, ‘authentic’ means of disseminating this information through performance.

How the MRC can support the use of archives in UG teaching

Helen Ford, University of Warwick (Modern Records Centre)

As Archive Manager of the MRC, Helen Ford will be able to offer suggestions for student activities involving the archives based at Warwick MRC.

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