Course title:
Day School: Journey into Space: Classic Science Fiction Radio 1945-1960
Daniel Renshaw
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Sat 14 May 2022 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM 6
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 6
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 6
Sat 14 May 2022
10:00 AM - 16:00 PM
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Classroom Face to Face with Canvas (for SLR & teaching file)
Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC)
35-39 London Street
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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£27.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
No prior knowledge is needed before commencing the course, although it might be helpful to acquaint yourself with the broad outlines of post-war British history. You might want to bring writing materials.
Course aim:
This course will examine British society in the post-war period (1945-1960) through the lens of the phenomenally successful BBC science fiction programme Journey into Space.
Course description:
In this day-school we will examine the cultural phenomenon that was Journey into Space. The last radio programme to gain a larger audience share than television – in the mid-1950s the exploits of Jet Morgan and his crew captivated the nation. We shall look at the show itself, and the light that shines on the changing nature of British society from 1945 to 1960. The course will begin by examining British popular culture in the immediate post-war context of austerity and rationing, before going on to consider how radio and later television reflected the profound societal changes (class, gender relations, migration, and the decline of empire) taking place in the 1950s. Other pop culture outputs, from Dick Barton to Dan Dare to early Hammer Horror, will be looked at, but the course will be centred on the Journey into Space's adventures on the Moon, on Mars, and on earth itself...
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Identify Journey into Space as a seminal cultural 'moment' in modern British history
2. Discuss more broadly the evolution of British popular culture in the 1940s and 1950s
3. Be aware of the changing nature of British society after the Second World War
4. Examine how Britain's international role changed between 1945 and 1960, in terms of decolonisation and the Cold War
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