ATS2520 - Popular culture in post-war Europe - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Paula Michaels


Dr Paula Michaels

Not offered in 2018


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.




The unit uses popular culture as a prism for the cultural, social and political history of post-war Europe. This unit examines the ways Europe came together and rebuilt itself after the ravages of war. The specific modes of popular culture under examination may include topics such as film, popular music, Eurovision Song Contest, fashion, Olympic Games, etc., which serve both as platforms for national identity express and forums for crafting a pan-European identity. How did nations choose to represent themselves to themselves and to one another?


On completion of this subject students should:

  1. Have a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the values and ideas that shape contemporary Europe
  2. Have knowledge of significant cultural institutions of Europe, as well as government, culture and society in several European countries.
  3. Have an understanding of, and an ability to apply, key terms and concepts relevant to contemporary Europe.
  4. Be familiar with, and able to discuss, relevant documents, including performance and cultural texts
  5. Be able to demonstrate competence in the following skills:
    1. obtaining access to source materials and secondary writings through the library and other resources ii. writing (including planning, arguing on the basis of evidence, and documenting)

    iii. analysis and interpretation of texts, including the application of appropriate terms and concepts for the discussion of content and form

    iv. oral presentation of information and argument based on guided and independent reading

    1. discussion of texts and oral presentations vi. assimilation of information and opinion from various sources for purposes of forming independent judgments

    vii. team work.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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