What is the course about?
Typically, the past is often seen as ‘gone’, ‘a long time ago’ or even irrelevant. In contrast, this course promotes the idea that the past has a much stronger influence on how we—as individuals, families, communities, societies and in states as collective actors in international politics—think about not only the present but also the future.
What will we cover?
Placing the United Kingdom and British memory politics within a global perspective, the five classes of this course explore the memory politics of nationalism, Western imperialism, Soviet imperialism and, not least, globalisation and migration.
- Introduction: The Politics of History and Memory
- Nationalism, Territory and Memory
- Memories of Western Imperialism
- Memories of Soviet Imperialism
- Memories in an Age of Globalisation and Migration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Taking this course will strengthen your understanding of how history and memory works across time and place.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course does not require work outside class although you might find it useful to explore the media landscape alongside the classes. Typically, the classes will be a combination of teacher presentation, brief individual or team exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details