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Culture and Conflict: Europe in the 20th Century (6 points)


Leader: Assoc Prof Marko Pavlyshyn

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit reflects on European cultural and intellectual life of the twentieth century and its relationship to experiences of violence and war. It examines the world views, artistic practices of European modernisms from the 1890s onward and the intellectual roots and cultural manifestations of left and right totalitarianisms in Europe from the 1930's to the 1980's. It introduces the thought of Nietzsche and Freud and such notions as will, power, the subconscious, revolutionary art, race, the masses. It reflects on Fascist, Nazi and Stalinist culture and on dissent from totalitarianism. Representative texts are studied in the context of developments in the visual arts, film and music.

Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 40% + Examination (1 hour): 35% + Class paper written up in 1000 words: 20% + Tutorial participation: 5%

Contact Hours: 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks

Prohibitions: EUR2090

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