Summer 2020 - HIST 407 D100
Popular Culture in Great Britain and Europe (4)
Class Number: 5441
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Jun 30 – Aug 10, 2020: Mon, Wed, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.
1 778 782-8927
Office: AQ 6242
Prerequisites:45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 106.
This course will study culture in Great Britain and Europe since 1500. Themes may include the sixteenth century separation between popular and elite culture, Carnival, the witch craze, popular ballads, the institution of 'rational recreation' during the Industrial Revolution, the late Victorian Music Hall, the cultural emancipation of women, and the effects on working class culture of economic depression and world war.
Using the library’s subscription to Mass-Observation Online, this research seminar examines popular culture in the British Isles from 1938 to 1950. Mass-Observation was created in 1937 with the aim of documenting popular beliefs and activities. Hundreds of volunteer observers were recruited and asked to provide written reports on their daily lives and to respond to specific questions. When the war broke out in 1939, these volunteer observers were asked to keep ‘war diaries’ and these form the heart of the Mass-Observation archive. The focus of this seminar is on the social history of these years of fundamental change in the British Isles as recorded by individuals.
This course is scheduled for the Summer Session (30 June – 10 August) and meets twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays). Our first seminar is on Monday 6 July 2020
- Directive report (1200 words) 20%
- Diary report (1500 words) 20%
- Participation 20%
- Research project (3000 words) 40%
All readings on Canvas or through Mass Observation Online
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