History and memory in popular culture

Course Dates: 03/10/20 - 04/10/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online

Learn how societies around the world engage with their pasts through popular culture. Exploring shows and films such as Downton Abby, Black Adder, Monthy Python, and Peaky Blinders.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

We know them well: Downton Abby, Black Adder, Monthy Python, Peaky Blinders and others. Over this 2-session course, we will explore how TV shows and movies highlight how we as societies around the world engage with our pasts through popular culture. We will discuss various examples from different ages and places around the world, how they tie in with both national history and memory politics and global geopolitics.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

In the first session, we will explore the emergence of popular culture, how it has become a global phenomenon and the implications thereof for memory politics and take a closer look at history and memory in popular culture in the West (Europe, the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand). In the second session, we turn to Russia, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia to explore how popular culture in these countries engages with the(ir) past(s) and the politics of memory. Watching movies and TV series will never be the same again….

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Taking this course will enable you to both read beyond the national media landscape and political debate and understand better the role and politics of international organisations across a wide range of political issues.

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 exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.

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

No, although a pen and paper may be useful for making notes.

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

Explore our range of history courses on our website.

Tutor Biographies
Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his student-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HWH35

Sat-Sun, day, 03 Oct - 04 Oct '20

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? humanities@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2652

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