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Delivery Mode: Individualized study
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Program: Master of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies
WRNM 605 focuses on three types of life history documentation: oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies. The readings cover the cultural and historical issues inherent in developing these formats, ethical practice, and on learning some strategies about how to research, conduct, and write these formats. The course is intended to be both academic and practical in nature, to meet the needs of program students in MAIS and students from the general public who seek instruction in these forms of creating personal and family histories.
Each unit has a set of objectives and three discussion questions for which the professor responds to student answers. Students are required to answer 20 discussion questions over 13 units of readings, with a minimum of one question answered each week to obtain their full marks (20% of course grade). The other three assignments provide ample opportunity for students to explore their particular interests in creating life histories, with assessment feedback from the course professor. The course contract is six months for individualized study, so students have sufficient time to develop a project and to complete all course requirements. The units for each format are:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
To receive credit for this course, students must participate in the online activities, successfully complete the assignments, and achieve a final mark of at least 60 per cent. Students should be familiar with the Master of Arts—Interdisciplinary Studies grading system. Please note that it is students' responsibility to maintain their program status. Any student who receives a grade of "F" in one course, or a grade of "C" in more than one course, may be required to withdraw from the program.
The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weights associated with them.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Most of the course materials for WRNM 605 are provided in the course website. In addition, students will receive the following textbooks by mail:
Barrington, Judith. Writing the Memoir. (Second edition). Portland, Oregon: The Eighth Mountain Press. 2002.
Janesick. Valerie J. Oral History for the Qualitative Researcher. New York: The Guilford Press, 2010.
Kinew, Wab (2017) The Reason You Walk. Toronto: Viking.
Llewellyn, Kristina R., Alexander Freund, and Nolan Reilly (eds.). The Canadian Oral History Reader. Montreal: McGill- Queens, 2015.
Rainer, Tristine. Your Life as Story. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1998.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, May 19, 2017.
Updated May 07, 2019 by Student & Academic Services