HIS42350 Practising Public History

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a practical module. It will introduce students to the practice of working with history in a professional capacity and will assist students in developing the practical skills to enable them to build a career in which they can work with history.
Students produce a series of portfolio outputs in this module for assessment.
These include an individually assessed podcast and a written 'From the Archives' piece. In addition, students design and execute a panel exhibition project.

In undertaking these project pieces, students develop skills of project management, visual and audio design, scripting, editing, dissemination strategies, and the curation of multi-platform projects.

Further, students will explore the potential of working with history in radio, TV and on the Internet. On a broader level, this module will encourage students to develop ideas of their own, to imagine the possibilities of the uses to which they can put the history they have studied and, most of all, to be innovative in their thinking.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students taking this module will:
1. Develop their own ideas and realise those ideas through practical projects.
2. Understand the value of historical skills in the context of modern careers;
3. Examine the potential of a career in history;
4. Receive basic training in the production and presentation of history in modern media;
5. Develop individual skills within a collaborative framework;
6. Undertake practical projects in history.

Indicative Module Content:

Class List:
Week 1: Practising Public History: An Introduction
Week 2: Exhibiting History 1: Design and Format (computer lab, room number to be notified in week 1)
Week 3: Exhibiting History 2: Content and Presentation (computer lab, room number to be notified in week 1)
Week 4: From the Archives 1: Document Selection
Week 5: Historical Audio Content Production 1: From Pre-Production to Delivery
Week 6: Historical Audio Content Production 2: The Pitch
Week 7: Production Week (podcasting slots to be provided)
Week 8: Research Week
Week 9: WordPress design
Week 10: From the Archives 2: Contextualisation Training
Week 11: Dissertation workshop: planning your thesis
Week 12: Conclusion: presentation week, the public history practitioner

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module includes active/task-based learning including skills-based technical skills learning culminating in portfolio work. Outputs on this module encompass individual, peer and group work; reflective learning; enquiry & problem-based learning; and student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Portfolio of projects Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students to arrange an appointment during module coordinator's office hours to receive feedback on each portfolio piece following submission and grading. Interim feedback on the exhibition project will be given to the class which the class will then have to implement prior to final submission of the exhibition project. It is the student's responsibility to book an end of module feedback session with the module coordinator following the release of results.

Name Role
Mr Shane Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Conor Mulvagh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer