Cultural History Workshop 2

This course will be delivered online.

This course examines the key themes and ideas in cultural history. It moves over time through looking at themes of gender, ethnicity, religion, and revolution. You will study key historical contexts from the 1500s through to 1900s through the examination of areas of key cultural experience including religion, music, philosophy, art, and religion.

Course Content

The key areas explored are the cultural ideas and experiences of classical cities, the Reformation, and the Renaissance. The course will examine areas of cultural experience through a case study approach. This part is part one of two and will look specifically at: an introduction to cultural history; the culture of Rome and Athens; art and the renaissance; the reformation and cultural change. Each section will look at a cultural artefact drawing upon art, philosophy, literature, and music. You will be invited to examine materials prior to each session. The course will develop your historical skills and form a platform for further study.

This course will be delivered online. There will be five sessions aimed at introducing the study of history through key themes and sources. You will have the opportunity to work with a range of cultural resources and consider how they help to understand the past.

1. The Renaissance Art: The session will look at the role of portraits in the Renaissance in terms of conveying power, gender, and status. We will look at the skills of the art historian and as such it serves as a starting point for those studying in the Humanities.

2. Revolution and Culture in France: the session will look at popular culture in revolutionary France. In this session we will consider cultural ideas as expressed in art, music, and philosophy.

3. Revolution and Culture Russia 1917. The session will look at key examples of the vehicles of cultural change in Russia in the 1920s and 1930s.

4. Imperialism and Popular Culture. Will look at the art of imperialism in late nineteenth century Britain with a focus upon the representation of cultures within British galleries and museums.

5. Migration and the Culture of Cities: This session will look at the cultural presence of migrant communities in the nineteenth century, there will be a direct focus upon the Italian presence in British cities.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

A willingness to engage in class discussion and read around the subject outside of class.

Assessment Methods

The tutor will feedback on class discussions, there will be group work and the tutor will feedback on all contributions.

Further Study Options

The course provides an ideal stepping stone for further study and progression onto Access and higher education programmes along with the range of short courses in the humanities and school of ideas.

Additional Information


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

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