HIST561 The Cold War and Popular Culture

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST361
Notes None
Combined Units HIST361 - The Cold War and Popular Culture
Coordinator(s) Erin Ihde (eihde2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit explores the history of the Cold War from a cultural perspective, with especial emphasis on the Australian experience. It seeks to provide an understanding of the 'climate of fear' that pervaded the world for over forty years. This will be achieved through the study of literature, film, television, music and other cultural forms from the era. This unit is available at both 300 and 500 level and will have differing assessment requirements at each level. For higher-level students this will include more analytical depth and/or wide research or responses.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply an advanced body of knowledge to critically discuss the key aspects of Cold War cultural history;
  2. demonstrate an advanced body of knowledge regarding Cold War events that were reflected in popular culture;
  3. demonstrate an advanced ability to evaluate the ways in which popular culture can contribute to our collective understanding of the past;
  4. provide an advanced critique of a range of popular culture genres in terms of their historical context;
  5. select, critically analyse and synthesise key materials relevant to the study of Cold War cultural history, and present an advanced exposition of knowledge and ideas; and
  6. apply advanced and specialised cognitive and communication skills and expert judgement to discuss the wide variety of sources available in this field.