AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Fall 2020, Section 003 - The Practice of Public History
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture

Details

Credits:
2
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course will introduce students to the practice of public history—how history is put to work in the world. We’ll consider museum exhibits, walking tours, historic houses, monuments, oral history, crowdsourcing, podcasting, robotic presidents, and more. We’ll learn how public historians work with a variety of audiences to present difficult or contested pasts, like the 1967 Detroit uprising or antebellum plantation homes. We’ll consider how public history can be used to subvert or reinforce colonialism and empire—and how it can be used to promote social justice.

What, if anything, is compromised and lost in this process? How do factors like design, venue, and writing style affect how history is consumed? How can historians share authority and develop true collaborations with communities?

Using case studies, we will grapple with these issues as a group. Students will walk away with a basic understanding of public history and knowledge of what direction they might take if they wish to pursue a career in the field.

Course Requirements:

When meeting in person, this course will convene weekly for a two-hour session, including a short lecture, discussion, and collaborative work/student presentations. When presented online, the course will convene for a shorter synchronous session focusing on discussion and collaborative work/student presentations. All course content, including assignments, readings, class agendas, and weekly plans, will be available on Canvas. "Student performance will be assessed by participation (25%), short reviews of public history projects (25%), in-class collaborative exercises (synchronous; 25%), and the final project (25%)."

Intended Audience:

Open to all students.

Class Format:

Instruction is a mixture of in-person and remote and a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during scheduled class times. Course is open to remote-only students.

Schedule

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
28116
Closed
0
 
1
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
 Online
29187
Closed
0
 
2
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (LEC)
  Hybrid
29646
Closed
0
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Instruction is a mixture of in-person and remote and a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during scheduled class times. Remote-only students are welcome and should register for/swap into section 013.
013 (LEC)
 Online
39576
Open
2
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Remote-only student registration

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