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Julie A. Nicoletta
TIBCUS 430
Tacoma Campus

Introduction to Public History

Introduces students to the major issues and questions addressed by historians who work in the public sphere. Includes the interpretation of history, the role of history in popular culture, issues and aims in exhibiting history, the politics of public history, and historic preservation.

Class description

This course introduces students to the major issues and questions addressed by historians who work in the public sphere. Central themes include the interpretation of history, the role of history in popular culture, issues and aims in exhibiting history, the politics of public history, and historic preservation. Students will gain an understanding of major issues confronting the public historian through course lectures, readings, and field trips. Class discussion of the readings as well as writing a review essay on a museum exhibit will give students training in critical thinking. In addition, students will gain essential research, writing, and speaking skills through a written research project and in a final presentation to the class. Finally, students will learn how to interpret visual resources through slide lectures and field work.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Julie A. Nicoletta
Date: 08/25/2003