America in the 30s: 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.
This course has now finished
Course Code: HCC02
Duration: 5 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This online intertextual course explores the political, social and cultural context of 1930s America through a study of
literature, history, music, film and art of the period. With different tutors for each specialism, the course provides a
'taster' in each subject as a gateway to further study in understanding this fascinating period in American culture and society.
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?
07 February - Literature- Patricia Sweeney - Literary realism and modernism as a mirror to the 30s - includes James M Cain, Zora Neale Hurston and Thornton Wilder.
14 Feburary - History - Mark Malcomson -The presidents and the politics of the decade. The New Deal
21 February - History - Dale Mineshima-Lowe - The Great Depression: social and economic conditions, "Hooverville" and The Dust Bowl
28 February - Music - Trish Shaw - How American musical culture was transformed by the influx of European emigrées
07 March - Art - Ian Tucknott - Realist styles in painting and photography representing the life and challenges of the decade, focussing on key practitioners and works of the decade including Edward Hopper, Isabel Bishop and Dorothea Lange.
14 March - Film - Mick McAloon - The studio system at its height, the 'golden age' for American cinema. Key developments, including the gangster film and 'screwball' comedies, the effects of the Hays Code of 1934, advances in colour film (Technicolour and Kodachrome) and a look at some of the greatest films, stars and directors.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand how America changes sociall, economically and politically during this period
-Explore the literary works of the period and how it reflects the 'modernising' taking place in the country
-Develop an awareness of how the film and motion picture industry has historicallly developed within America
-Appreciate the context in which the music and art of the time develops and transorms American society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Anyone with an interest in American culture and society is welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will range from a formal lecture on Presidential history of the 30s, to short lecture and class discussion
in large and small groups. Film extracts will be shown where appropriate. Please read or view what is set before
each session to get the maximum enjoyment out of the classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Materials will be provided and/or links will be given for designated sessions. Bring a pen and paper or tablet for
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HCC04 American in the 40s: culture and society follows on in term three with the same tutors.
Look for other culture courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing/Culture.
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.