Day School: Portraiture and Propaganda

Ref: C3744520

Today, various types of propaganda permeate our everyday lives via social media, tv, newspapers, magazines and much more. The term ‘fake news’ has become commonplace but is it simply another form of propaganda? Propaganda comes in many guises and the course considers how portraiture has been used as propaganda in key historical periods such as the intriguing, political history of the Tudors. It will also look at how visual representations are used in the modern world to influence and manipulate people's perceptions of the world in which they live.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to how portraiture has been used to project political messages throughout key periods of history from the Tudors to the modern day.

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:

  • appraise how portraiture has been used as means of propaganda in key historical periods such as the Tudors.
  • differentiate between the various forms of propaganda e.g., social, political, religious.
  • identify how visual representations are used as propaganda today.
  • assess how visual representations are used as propaganda today.

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?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: Portraiture and Propaganda

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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