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Jill Freidberg
BIS 498
Bothell Campus

Undergraduate Research

Individual advanced research on topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.

Class description

HUMAN RIGHTS ORAL HISTORIES (2 credits): This special workshop is co-taught by Jill Freidberg and Ron Krabill and is designed for students co-enrolled in BISMCS 343 Media Workshop: Digital Oral History (Freidberg) and BIS 313 Issues in Media Studies: Human Rights Public Culture (Krabill) in Spring 2013. Students who have previously taken “Human Rights Public Culture may also apply to take this special workshop.

This workshop will combine skills and ideas gained from both classes and apply them to an oral history project centered around human rights activists in the Seattle metropolitan area, thus inviting you to engage more deeply with ideas covered in both BISMCS 343 and BIS 313. In particular, you will develop, research, record and archive a digital oral history with an individual who has participated in human rights struggles. You will meet with Freidberg and Krabill four times in the quarter on the following Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm: April 18, May 9, May 16, and May 30. The meetings will consist of group discussions, guest speakers, and collaborative project development. The bulk of students’ work for the class will consist of working independently to complete the digital oral history project.

This course is ADD-CODE ONLY and interested students should send an email to both Freidberg and Krabill (JFreidberg@uwb.edu and rkrabill@uwb.edu) expressing your interest in participating. You should include any relevant coursework, explain why you’re interested in the workshop, and tell us one thing you hope to learn or gain. You may submit your request for participation as soon as Spring Quarter registration starts and until the course is filled.

Student learning goals

You will develop an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the production of oral histories in a human rights context.

You will engage in collaborative, critical discussion about the practice, theory, and ethics of human rights oral history.

You will develop skills in collaboration with fellow students in a media production context.

You will develop skills in collaboration with individuals and organizations working to further human rights issues.

You will present your own work and ideas for collaborative, constructive assessment by your peers and faculty members in the course.

General method of instruction

The course will take the form of group meetings, guest speakers, collective discussions and student-led presentations of ideas and works-in-progress.

Recommended preparation

Students are required to be enrolled in both BISMCS 343 Media Workshop: Digital Oral History (Freidberg) and BIS 313 Issues in Media Studies: Human Rights Public Culture (Krabill) in Spring 2013 or to have permission from one of the instructors to register for this special workshop.

Class assignments and grading

Students must be present for all four class meetings and meet all production deadlines throughout the quarter. There will be regular opportunities to present your work in-class and high expectations for student participation in discussion. Students will also be assessed on their ability to apply what they learn in both classes to the execution of their digital oral history project.


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.
Last Update by Jill Freidberg
Date: 02/21/2013