Welcome to the course

Welcome to World War 1 through art and film.

This course is just one of a series designed by the University of Leeds for school-based learners and their teachers. As this is an open course, we do also welcome other learners; as you will have seen from the welcome area, we have a diverse cohort signed up. However, it is important to recognise that this course, and the content and activities within it, has been specifically designed to help those studying at school or college make the transition to studying at university or the work place.

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It is anticipated that it will take around two hours to complete the tasks during this week. This includes watching videos, joining discussions, reading articles and completing any exercises. If you have more time, we have also provided some links to additional reading and resources.

The centenary of the First World War is a time for reflection and exploration. In this short course Alison Fell and her colleagues from the University of Leeds introduce you to just some of the ways that the war is portrayed through art and film.

A World War 1 sign-up poster

In the first week we consider recruitment posters and the messages they portrayed for both those going to war and those staying at home. You will research World War 1 art and reflect upon a painting which you feel represents notions of heroism during the war.

In the second week we explore contemporary German film and you will be encouraged to write a review of a recent book, film, or TV programme about the First World War.

You might want to start thinking about this now by reading or watching as the course progresses so you’re ready to write your review next week. There are certainly plenty of choices but if you need some ideas take a look at the list of suggestions in the Downloads section below.

There’s plenty to keep you busy and interested, and we really hope you enjoy the course and the activities that we’ve planned.

Have your say:

Please use the comments to share your reasons for joining this course. Please also let us know where you are from; this course is open to learners world-wide.

Take some time to read the posts from other learners. If you come across someone with similar interests to you, you may choose to ‘follow’ them; you can then filter the discussions to only view the comments from those you are following. This can help to make discussions easier to manage.

Next steps

When you are ready to move on, click ‘Mark as complete’. You can monitor your progress through the course by selecting ‘Progress’ at the top of page. This will show you the steps you have completed and will provide your score for the end of course test.

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WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film

University of Leeds