Day School: A Kick up the Eighties

Ref: C2226312

The 1980s in Britain marked the end of the political and economic status quo which had predominated since the end of the Second World War. The election in 1979 of Mrs. Thatcher's Conservative government witnessed the weaponisation of market forces as a political tool, the beginnings of moves to globalisation and far greater emphasis on individual enterprise. These massive changes were reflected in two ways by the music of the decade. On the one hand some artists reacted in protest, leading to movements such as Red Wedge. Some artists combined together for charitable ends, having discovered a social conscience that was previously absent in popular music. On the other hand many embraced the new culture and produced "day-glo" pop. Let us take you back to the era of "Spitting Image" and "Loadsamoney", of the Belgrano and Orgreave and , nearly thirty years on, the fall of the Berlin Wall. Memories will be stirred but hopefully serious issues, some still unresolved, will also be addressed.

Course aim

The course aims to examine the popular music of the 1980s as both a reflection and instigator of major social, economic and political changes in the United Kingdom

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess change and continuity in historical processes.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess cultural values held by various groups in different societies at different points in the past.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess issues concerning diversity both from a contemporary and historical perspective.
  • Explore and critique the drivers for change in popular social culture.

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

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 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?

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Day School: A Kick up the Eighties


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