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MA Public History

Course Description

Recruiting for September 2015 entry

What is Public History?
Public History is the study of the past in the present. Museums, documentaries, monuments, lectures, guided tours, and community events are just some of the things that constitute Public History.

Why study Public History?
The MA in Public History will appeal to those interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Students consider the relationship between history and politics, debate the power of history in society, and evaluate the way in which history is presented to a non-specialist audience.

Why study Public History at Ruskin College?
Ruskin College has been a centre of adult education for 115 years. During that time the College has developed and maintained a commitment to equality of opportunity, diversity, and radical education.

Small class teaching instead of large, anonymous lectures means that students develop as a group and are encouraged to be active participants in their learning.

One-to-one tutorials mean that Ruskin College is able to provide individual attention and develop personalized learning and teaching strategies.

Student placements in the public history sector provide opportunities to develop skills and contacts. Placement partners include the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme; Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; Bishopsgate Institute Library and Archive, London; Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock.

All students at Ruskin can join the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, giving you access to the largest university library and some of the most beautiful and historic reading rooms in the country. You may also attend University of Oxford lectures and join the Oxford Union.

Whether you are a confident adult learner or have been out of education for decades, if you want to learn, Ruskin College is the place for you!

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Entry Requirements

We expect most, though not necessarily all, candidates to have first degrees in a relevant subject. Applicants do not need to have a first degree in History, but do need to be able to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level. Recent students have had backgrounds in Art, Engineering, Media Studies, Design, Science, Literature, Languages, Classics as well as History. They have included teachers, lecturers, artists, stately home guides, archivists, local tourist guides, archaeologists, museum workers, oral historians, trade union activists, journalists, family historians and adult educators.

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