America in the 70s: culture and society

Course Dates: 05/05/21 - 23/06/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Online
An era of economic struggle and cultural change, 1970s America continued to reflect aspects of 60s social upheaval. This online course will explore the political, social and cultural context of 1970s America through a sampling of the literature, history, music, film and art of the period, providing different ways in to understanding the decade.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT165

Started Wed, day, 05 May - 23 Jun '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will explore the political, social and cultural context of 1970s America through a study of 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.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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.

05 May - History (tutor: Mark Malcomson)
Presidents - the key personalities of the period; key international and foreign affairs, events/incidents

12 May - History (tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe)
America's socio-economic changes across the 1970s

19 & 26 May -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. Directors include: Robert Altman, Charles Burnett, Francis Coppola, Barbara Loden, Joan Micklin Silver and Alan J Pakula.

02 June - Art (tutor: Ian Tucknott)

09 June - Music (tutor: Trish Shaw)
The electronic revolution: soul, funk, disco, minimalism and more

16 & 23 June - Literature (tutor: Patricia Sweeney)
Literature and Culture: Joan Didion, Adrienne Rich, Tim O'Brien, Raymond Carver and Elizabeth Hardwick.

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 the 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 directors
-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 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. Video and film extracts will be shown in relevant sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Materials will be provided by the lecturers.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look at other courses in the Humanities under History, Culture and Writing at in the
History, Literature and Film Studies sections.

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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.