Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.
This course is intended for students taking the MA in History Education Research. It provides an introduction to the methods and techniques of historical research as applied to the dissertation research undertaken by each student. Students examine methods used by recent historians such as textual and archival work, oral history interviewing, photographic, film and other visual resources, the use of material objects and residues, cartography and spatial mapping and electronic and online resources. The course also examines recent debates about historical method and research techniques, especially in relation to postmodern and postcolonial approaches.
Practical assignments can include archival projects, oral history interview transcription and analysis, on site heritage projects and field work. A particular focus is placed on research work in the Western Cape region.