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University of Leeds

WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

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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.

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Taught by

Alison Fell

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Reviews

4.5 rating, based on 54 reviews

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  • Anonymous
    A very thorough and detailed introduction to all the areas of study and excellent resources to enlarge knowledge and understanding. I think the encouragement to share ideas with others on the course was particularly useful and involving. Commenting and writing a review were well introduced and supported - I found it difficult because I realised I had chosen a topic that I couldn't readily explore within the word limit, my fault for not taking a careful look at the excellent listed suggestions. Nevertheless I really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from doing it. Many thanks for the splendid tutors and presenters.
  • Anonymous
    A very insightful, informative and enjoyable course. The video content, discussion forums and book/film recommendations were all food for thought.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I talk about art, but whatever your background this course really helps you to understand so much about the literature of the period and both British and German perspectives.
    Great introduction, that totally absorbs you in to the course.
    Really thought provoking and introduced me to so many previously unseen posters and the intense propoganda that forced men into war and pressurised women to tell them to 'GO'.

    Thank you for putting the course together.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The content and structuring of this course are excellent, impressing me with how much additional work it must be for school teachers during the Covid 19 pandemic to re-format their lessons from live classroom events to online.The variety of material and...
  • Anonymous
    I am am a retired American history prof, but have never taught this particular era of history. And we do not have memorials to those lost in the Great War as is present in the English churches and communities I have had the chance to visit. I chose the...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I liked this course quite much, especially the first week. It gave an insight into some aspects often left aside, such as the way soldiers were called to arms. I wish more would have been said, especially from the point of view of the characteristics of the hero and how the perspective changed (a great deal of work was left to the personal research and interpretation). The second week was based on films - modern interpretations of heroes, mainly. This aspect was less interesting, because it is from a comtemporary point of view. Nevertheless, I would take the course again, as it gave me something to work on as a teacher and an opportunity to consider different aspects of the Great War with my students
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course since I was watching by my self many WWI films. This course helped me somehow to put this in perspective. However, I expected more tutorials and guidance by the teachers. The comments of the other pupils were not very helpful in general, there was not a sense of group in the making of the course. I think he reason was to have at the same time people following arts, literature and cinema and we did not watch/read the same works. Interesting though.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very consice and easy to follow, I felt that I was able to use my imagination in completing the tasks and enjoyed hearing from other people taking part. In upgrading I was able to do an interesting quiz, I'm getting a certificate and have been able to keep checking on the things I wrote and other people's comments. Also, I think since its free, that upgrading was a worthwhile investment and acknowledgement of the courses good quality content. I am currently doing another course from 'Future Learn' about work/life compatiblity, which is also good.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A well taught varied course covering posters, art and films of the First World War in a thought provoking and stimulating way. In each of the areas of learning after introductory clear lectures one was asked to focus on a poster, a painting and a film of one's own choice. This was a very useful exercise ensuring that you looked at a wide range of each genre before making one's final choice and then it enabled you to apply what you had learnt earlier in the course. An excellent course only wished it could have been longer. Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    This is the 5th course I have taken through FutureLearn and I feel it was the best. It's short - only 2 weeks- but presented the information concisely. Unlike some courses where it seems lessons are padded to add length this course presented what it said and gave us, the students space to reflect on our impressions. Because of this I became more invested in the coursework.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this to be really interesting and reflective course. It was a good pace and very clearly explained along the way. I learnt a lot of new things about Heroism and how this was portrayed in WW1 and am inspired to read more and watch more about it.
    I did spend longer than the recommended 2 hours per week on the course, I guess its a very individual thing, but I probably spent 3-3.5 hours per week on it, so 6-7 hours in total.
    Highly recommend this course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A great course- i found it very self-explanatory to follow and learnt a lot. there were some really interesting ideas and facts in it- i feel i have really developed my pre-existing knowledge. although you have an opportunity to buy a certificate this isn't necessary and you don't miss out on anything. i think this a great two week course to learn something new and keep yourself occupied during quarantine!
  • Anonymous
    I literally just speed-run this course but I learned a lot despite doing a whole two weeks worth of course in a span of two days. The activities, the videos and materials provided for the lessons, and also the comments I've read from the other learners were interesting.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found it on future learn. I feel it had a lot less 'meat' than other FL offerings. This is not to say that what was there was not interesting but it just seemed a bit threadbare. I suppose the underexplored ideas and 'bold' statements with little support were what got to me.
    Strikes me it is more of an ad. to get people to sign up for a FT course at the host Uni. Not sure if it would work for that purpose to be honest.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I like art and history so I thought this course would be good for me now that I have time.
    This course was more than I expected, I enjoyed all the material they shared on their platform, and the links they shared in the "downloads section" are now in my "reading list" or "favorites". I highly recommend this course to whoever likes art and history.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was an enjoyable and thought-provoking experience for such a short course. I can see how it would work as a taster for further study as it is accessible but also a little challenging; the right balance. Also I was appreciative of being introduced to some films I'd not heard of.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very interesting and made me look more deeply at posters , paintings and literature about the Great War. I was introduced through the New Zealand archives to artists I had never heard of. I was able to find out more about them,
  • Anonymous
    This course was very well presented and offered a variety of interesting material. After examining the posters and looking at the art work that was done during the War years, I came to the conclusion that the concept of heroism in World War I began to...
  • George Smuga
    This was my first Future Learning course and I chose it on the grounds that I have long been interested in World War 1. Despite being a short course I found I learned a great deal and was introduced to new art, literature and films. I found the first...
  • Therese Reynolds
    5

    Therese Reynolds completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Absolutely wonderful! Very enlightening as to the methods used to enlist interest & support for a war that was only to last months. This was the war to end all wars, yet here it is, nearly the eve of 2019, and war is ever present. Please consider taking this class as an introduction into how easily war can be enacted & how desperately a nation is willing to contend for victory against an aggressor.

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