Public History and Society (HIST*3450) | College of Arts

Public History and Society (HIST*3450)

Code and section: HIST*3450*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Thomas Littlewood


Method of Delivery

In-person, face-to-face lectures, twice a week.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:

  1. Be able to discuss the nuances in the various key terminology used in Public History.
  2. Be able to discuss recent and historical controversies in presenting the past.
  3. Be able to discuss the history of Public History.
  4. Have practical experience developing various kinds of Public History.



Method of Evaluation and Weights

  • Public History Review (1,500 words)    15%
  • Heritage Plaque (80 words) and Report (1,500 words)    15%
  • Group Exhibition Project    
    • Proposal 10%
    • Exhibition
      • Plan 25%
      • Report (2,000 words) 15%
    • Peer Evaluation 
  • Class Discussions    20%

Texts Required

All readings will be available online through ARES.

*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.*

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