Equip students with an experience of a cultural institution that operates in the broad sphere of public history
Create opportunities for the students to apply academically-derived models of public history in real-world situations
Ensure that the students are involved with practical projects that are related to the presentation of the past in the public sphere
Provide the opportunity for students to think critically about interpreting, communicating and presenting the past to the public
Encourage students to evaluate public history projects as a means of reflecting upon their own practical work
Module learning outcomes
At the end of the module, students will have:
Experienced task-based learning in the field of Public History inside a cultural institution
Meaningfully contributed to a practical endeavour (their own assigned task, or as part of a wider team project) related to Public History
Demonstrated in a written report that they have experienced situations in which they have applied academic knowledge to the practical tasks they have been set and completed
Articulated their learning and critically evaluated their assigned project and their part in it
The Public History Placement module provides students with the opportunity to experience developing a public history project in practice, and to reflect critically upon that practice.
The placement consists of two elements. The first element is a placement hosted by an external partner or applied research project for which the student will complete a specific output (such as a piece of research, an exhibit, a report, or an online resource). The second element is guided private study towards the final unit of University assessment.
Teaching Programme: The placement is primarily independent work undertaken for your host and for your assessment. It consists of 200 hours in total, comprising 120 hours practical experience, 40 hours of private study and 40 hours preparing assessments.
Alongside this there are a number of taught sessions to support you, including two briefing sessions in the autumn term and three 2-hour classes in the spring term.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Placement Report
Special assessment rules
Additional assessment information
Students are required to keep a Workbook of no more than 3,000 words during the first 4 weeks of the placement. This must be submitted for formative assessment in week 5 of the spring term.
Summative assessment is on a 4,000 word Placement Essay, to be submitted in week 1 of the summer term.