What is the course about?
We know them well: Downton Abby, Black Adder, Monthy Python, Peaky Blinders and others. Over the three sessions of this course, we will explore how TV shows and movies highlight how we as societies 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.
What will we cover?
In the introductory class, we will explore the emergence of popular culture, how it has become a global phenomenon and the implications thereof for memory politics. In the second and third class, we look closer at the West (Europe, the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand), Russia, Japan and South Korea and China 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 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.