The centenary of the First World War is a time for reflection and exploration. In this short course you will discover just some of the ways that heroism is portrayed through art and film.
You will explore recruitment posters and the messages they portrayed for both those going to war and those staying at home, as well as researching WW1 art and reflecting upon a painting you have chosen. You will then move on to explore contemporary German film, consolidating your learning by reviewing a recent book, film, or TV programme about the First World War.
This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.
Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.
The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.
Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.
What will you achieve?
- Reflect on how the First World War affected the heroic ideals of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- Assess WW1 posters and interpret the message that each poster would have given to those signing up during the war years.
- Explore art from WW1 and discuss thoughts with other students.
- Curate an exhibition of paintings of WW1 heroes and heroines to help reflect on the way ideas about heroism has changed from 1914 onward.
- Explore how heroism is represented in post-WW2 German culture.
- Discuss how WW1 and heroism are represented in films produced or co-produced in Germany in the last few years.
- Evaluate a film, book or TV program which focuses on the men and women who lived through WW1 and consider how they are portrayed in contemporary culture.
- Research and discuss thoughts with fellow learners.
Week 1: WW1 heroism: portrayed through art
Week 2: Heroism and film
- Alison Fell