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WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film

Discover just some of the ways that heroism and the First World War is portrayed through art and film.

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WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds If you are interested in history, the recent centenary commemorations of World War I won’t have passed you by. We have all seen images and heard stories of those on the front line, as well as learning about those left to manage at home.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 seconds Through videos, activities, and quizzes, this course will look at just some of the ways in which art and film have been used to tell these stories. We start by exploring recruitment posters, and consider how the words and images changed as the war progressed. We look at war art, and you have the opportunity to curate your own online exhibition. In the second week, we move on to look at film– specifically, contemporary German film. And you are encouraged to review a film, book, or TV programme. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to research and discuss topics with learners from around the world.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    WW1 heroism: portrayed through art

    • Welcome

      Before you get started take some time to introduce yourself and meet your fellow learners from around the world.

    • British recruitment posters

      By exploring British recruitment posters we consider how the pre-World War 1 view of heroism changed during the war years.

    • WW1 paintings

      There are many paintings that depict World War 1; showing warfare, the life of soldiers and support staff as well as life on the home-front. In this activity you will explore a variety of these paintings.

    • Summary

      To close this week we would like to introduce you to some of the options for studying at the University of Leeds. We also look forward to next week.

  • Week 2

    Heroism and film

    • About Week 2

      This week we look at how we view heroism today. Through examples of contemporary film we see the differences between current images of World War 1 heroes in Germany and in France and Britain.

    • Contemporary German films.

      This activity explores German military heroism and draws upon contemporary film to illustrate how heroism has been represented in films that have either been produced, or co-produced in Germany in the last few years.

    • Film reviews

      In this activity Paul reviews the three films previously discussed. You then have the opportunity to create and share your own review.

    • What next?

      Having reached the end of this course, you can test your understanding and then look forward to the next course in the series, or further courses from the University of Leeds.

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You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on how the First World War affected the heroic ideals of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Assess WW1 posters and interpret the message that each poster would have given to those signing up during the war years.
  • Explore art from WW1 and discuss thoughts with other students.
  • Curate an exhibition of paintings of WW1 heroes and heroines to help reflect on the way ideas about heroism has changed from 1914 onward.
  • Explore how heroism is represented in post-WW2 German culture.
  • Discuss how WW1 and heroism are represented in films produced or co-produced in Germany in the last few years.
  • Evaluate a film, book or TV programme which focuses on the men and women who lived through WW1 and consider how they are portrayed in contemporary culture.
  • Research and discuss thoughts with fellow learners.

Who is the course for?

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.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

Who will you learn with?

A Professor of French Cultural History, my research focuses on French and British women and WW1. I lead a WW1 Centenary project called Legacies of War: arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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