America in the 70s: culture and society
Time: 18:00 - 19:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT172
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online intertextual course will explore the political, social and cultural context of 1970s America through a
representation of the literature, history, music, film and art of the period. The course has different tutors for each
specialism, providing different ways in to understanding the decade. Classes provide a 'taster' of the decade and an
opportunity to experience sessions in different subject areas offered in Humanities, Art History and Music at City
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Sessions will be divided into different sections, taught by specialist tutors.
25 January - Literature (tutor: Patricia Sweeney)
Voices of change in the literature of the decade.
01 February- History (tutor: Mark Malcomson)
Presidents - the key personalities of the period; key international and foreign affairs, events/incidents
08 February - History (tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe)
America's socio-economic changes across the 1970s
15 February - Art (tutor: Ian Tucknott)
This session will explore American Art in the 1970s, from land and body art, to conceptualism and Capitalism.
22 February - Music (tutor: Trish Shaw)
The electronic revolution: soul, funk, disco, minimalism and more
01 & 08 March - Film (tutor: Mick McAloon)
In the 1970s, a group of mainly young and unknown directors transformed American cinema through a series of
remarkable films that were at once artistically and commercially successful—and politically resonant. These two
classes explore some of the key films of the era.
15 March: Literature (tutor: Patricia Sweeney)
Reflections on the literary decade.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Understand how America changes socially, politically and economically during this period
-Explore literary works of the period and how they reflect 70s culture
-Develop an awareness of how the film and motion picture industry was transformed by a group of young maverick
-Explore new ways of seeing through 1970s art movements
-Understand the musical influences in this period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Anyone with an interest in American arts and culture is welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will include lectures,short interactive talks, and working in small and large groups. Power point, online clips, visual images and film extracts will be included. Readings will be given in preparation prior to some of the classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Materials will be provided by the lecturers. Please bring a notepad or a notebook and a pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
America in the 80s: culture and society (HLT165) will take place from 3 May to 21 June on Tuesdays from 6-
7.45pm with the same tutors. This course will be on the web in mid-November.
Look at other courses in the Humanities under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk in the
History, Literature and Film sections.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.