What you will study
This Openings Access module helps you to make sense of the different and exciting disciplines of poetry, history and art. The module is structured around the theme of popular protest and uses lots of interesting and varied examples to help you get to grips with the arts whilst at the same time developing the skills to become a confident learner.
First, you will examine the theme of popular protest with an initial discussion of a First World War poem, Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen, and this will be used as a reference point throughout the chapter. You will then go on to study a diverse range of poetry with an emphasis on protest.
Next, you will look at the history of the demand for democracy (government by the people) in Britain from around 1815, focusing on the Chartist movement as one important example of this. You will be introduced to a small number of the many debates surrounding the interpretation of Chartism and the relevance of the subject today.
Following on from poetry and history, you will consider the relationship between art and popular protest. This section introduces the study of the visual arts and you will examine the work of a selection of Turner Prize winners. You will be able to look at many different types of art and explore the techniques used by art historians and art critics when they analyse a work of art.
Finally, in the two online chapters you will continue your study of art and popular protest, looking at the Suffragette movement in Britain in the early twentieth century and exploring the art and poetry of the period. You will also have the opportunity to gain skills such as working with podcasts, using online forums and searching the internet for information relating to the subject. This experience will provide you with a gentle introduction to using a computer to support your study, and will equip you with the basic computing skills you will need for the next step in your studies.
You will need a computer with internet access for the last two chapters of this module, so if you don’t currently have one you’ve plenty of time to make arrangements. You can use your own computer or one at a library or drop-in centre. Please note that you can still study and pass this module if you don’t have access to the internet and a computer.