What is the course about?
Many communities all over the world have seen the previous century defined mostly by violence, conflict and war. In many places, belligerent governments have often (ab)used the past in what we can call memory politics to legitimise hatred. Similarly, wars and conflicts have also left deep historical wounds around the world, many of which have taken decades to heal or have yet to heal. This session explores these troubling but important dimensions of the 20th century.
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?
Following an introduction to 20th century memory politics around the world, the session explores memory politics before and during war and conflict on the one hand and memory politics, reconciliation and trauma after war and conflict on the other.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Recognise and describe some of the destructive and restorative roles history has played in relation to various conflicts and wars around the world in the 20th century.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The session 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 discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The session does not require prior work. The session 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.
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.