Cultural History: Sweet Dreams and Chilling Nightmares

Ref: C3741098

From the glittering world of the waltz, balls and operetta; art nouveau; the building of the Ringstrasse; the glories of the Opera House with Brahms, Mahler, Schoenberg and Korngold; the architecture of Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos; the artistic splendours of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka; the writings of Joseph Roth and Stefan Zweig. Through collapse of the House of Habsburg; the terrors of World war 1; the birth of the tiny republic of Austria; poverty, starvation and unemployment to the rise of National Socialism and the destruction of the Jewish Culture and peoples. An unforgettable time and place.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To introduce students to the achievements in Vienna between 1870 and 1938 as well as the political and economical turmoil

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise and give examples of the achievementsin art,achitcure, liteature and music
  • Identify autobiographical texts to gain an appreciation of the anguish of war, starvation and unemployment
  • Define the meaning of the terms nationalism,populism and anti semitismand what specificaslly they meant inAustria inthe1930s
  • Recognise and identify the limitations of individual freedom by examples of the crailmet of these by totalitarian govements
  • Explain what is meant by the 'social injustice'.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Cultural History: Sweet Dreams and Chilling Nightmares Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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