HUM 302 Oral History and Social Justice


Oral History is a tool for documenting and preserving marginalized stories that would otherwise go unheard. This course will teach you how to use oral history as a method and tool for social justice and social change. You will delve into the many ethical concerns of oral history projects and learn how to approach them with care, compassion, and trauma awareness. Finally, you will examine the work of influential scholars, practitioners, and projects to help you evaluate the many ways oral history may promote social change.

Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience

Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours

Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development


Sold By: Institute for Diversity and Civic Life


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By successfully completing this course you will:

  • Understand the ways anti-oppression language and approaches inform the field of oral history;
  • Analyze the ethical approaches used in oral history and the importance of sharing authority;
  • Evaluate foundational projects in the field and detail the best practices that will later inform your own methodology; and
  • Develop a critical lens for thinking about historical narratives and consider the significance of amplifying historically excluded voices.


  • 302. W – Watch videos about oral history’s relationship to social justice.
  • 302. I – Interact with retention games to build your confidence as a researcher.
  • 302. S – Study with leading experts on oral history and social change.
  • 302. E – Engage your colleagues and share your insights.

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