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LN307 Propaganda and persuasion in Modern Europe

Module Code: LN307
Module Name: Propaganda and Persuasion in Modern Europe (1933-1975)
Module Coordinator: Dr Leticia Villamediana González (2020-2021)
Term 1 Date and time TBC
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

This module examines the role played by propaganda in modern Europe from 1930 to 1975. In particular, we will examine how propaganda has been created, disseminated and received in Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Through close textual and film analysis of a range of different materials - from film to posters and from radio programmes to cartoons and caricatures - we will explore the ways in which propaganda has shaped modern Europe in the twentieth century and continues to shape Europe today. With a teaching team comprised of scholars of modern Spain, Germany, Italy and France, this is a module which offers a broad overview of the impact of propaganda on a range of countries and populations.

This module is especially well-suited to students interested in modern European politics and history or who wish to develop their textual analysis skills. There are no pre-requisites for the module and the module is open to students from any degree combination across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in their intermediate-year of study (and also to students from other departments).

All seminars and lectures will engage with material in the target language AND in translation to ensure the material is accessible to students from across the School. Lectures and seminars will be delivered in English.

Course Outline

Week 1. Introduction to propaganda in Modern Europe

Week 2. The Visual Front: Propaganda in Spain during the Civil War (1936-1939)

Week 3. Propaganda during Franco's Regime (1939-1975)

Week 4: Propaganda and the making of the Nazi state

Week 5: German Atrocity Propaganda and the road to World War II*

Week 6. Reading Week

Week 7. Propaganda in Italy. The cult of the Duce in Fascist Italy (1922 - 1945)

Week 8. Propaganda in Italy: the ‘cult of youth’ from Risorgimento to Fascism (1922-1945)

Weeks 9 & 10. Propaganda in France and the Francophone World I (1933-1954)

*In week 5 there will be some discussion of the graphic depiction of violence in some German propaganda.

Assessment Method:

For 2019-2020:

Students will be assessed through a 4000-4500 word essay which will ask students to answer on a particular theme across any two of the contexts studied on this module.

For 2020-2021:

1 x 1000-1500-word close analysis of two pieces of propaganda (40%)
1 x 2500-3000-word assessed essay (60%), which will ask students to answer on a particular theme across any two of the other contexts studied on this module.