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From the Beats to the Bachelorette: Popular Culture Since the 1950s
Be there for the emergence of sixties counterculture. Immerse yourself in the eighties and hip hop. Tune into the rise of reality television. Look for the influence of gender, race and politics on pop culture across the past seven decades.
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In this subject students will:
- locate, read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence (primary sources), including visual and textual sources
- devise and answer research questions drawing on primary and secondary evidence
- identify key arguments in secondary source materials and apply them in your own historical arguments
- communicate thoughtfully in classroom discussions, and in a range of written forms
- be able to identify and analyze key developments in the history of popular culture since 1945
- analyze selected examples of popular culture produced since 1945 in their historical contexts, and to describe the ways these examples relate to, and reflect, broader social, cultural and political trends
- explain how the social and political movements of this period were reflected in popular culture
- Historians and popular culture
- Popular culture and family life
- Suburban rebels
- Youth cultures
- The sixties and the counterculture
- Black power and popular culture
- Essay workshop
- The sexual revolution and the seventies
- The eighties
- Hip-hop and black culture
- Postmodern gender cultures
- Interactivity and reality TV
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 and 2 before starting this subject.
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This subject was previously known as MHIX365 From the Beats to Big Brother: Popular Culture Since the 1950s.
Popular culture is ubiquitous in today's world. We cannot turn without being confronted by it in some form. It is so pervasive, so powerful an influence on daily lives, that it must be historically significant. But how? From the Beats to Big Brother traces the history of popular culture in the United States, Australia and Britain from the fifties to the present. It particularly focuses on the ways in which class, gender, race and politics have shaped the experience of popular culture. Film, television, music, music video and other forms of new media will be used to evoke seminal moments in the history of popular culture and students will be encouraged to explore such non-discursive forms as primary sources. Students will also be encouraged to consider the reception of popular culture by audiences and to think about their own experience of popular culture historically. This unit offers an important addition to conventional history by exploring the depths of what has often been seen as superficial culture. It raises a number of questions about how we might analyse this culture, whilst offering a detailed explanation for its historical genesis and global dissemination.
- Analysis Task (10%)
- Weekly Quiz (25%)
- Research Proposal (25%)
- Research Project (40%)
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