The module, which we anticipate will commence in October 2018, will focus on public history and include a significant component of student-community collaboration in the production of public history. This module will require students to engage with community and community facing organizations and to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice. As such, designing the module requires serious pedagogical consideration and consultation with both students and different organizations on how such a module might be successful for all participants, and still meet the rigorous academic standards expected from modules in the History Department.
Student engagement in HIPP will help in shaping a module that attends to the needs of the learner, while the involvement of community-facing organizations that produce public history in this project is integral to ensuring a module that works well for these and similar organizations. Working together from the very early stages of development, student and community involvement in the HIPP will also provide a model for other academics interested in integrating student and community input in the curriculum. This project may also inform current efforts to diversify the curriculum and the rethinking of the educational function of arts and humanities degree. Through student-community partnership, HIPP aims to produce a module that is academically engaging, contributes to student personal development beyond the classroom, and also supports the production of local history and heritage.