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PL50785: Memory culture - memory politics

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The unit aims to familiarise students with key theoretical debates in interdisciplinary memory studies and to provide them with an opportunity to apply critically the insights which emerge from these debates to case studies in Europe and beyond. The unit will focus in particular on the role of politics, the state, museums, media and the arts in the fashioning of collective memory, and on the relationship between collective memory and identity construction. It will also familiarise the students with the historical development of different forms of collective memory.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit, students will be able to:
* Critically engage with the insights of memory studies and apply those insights to case studies;
* Analyse the role of different actors in the construction of collective memory as an element of identity construction;
* Assess and interpret the historical development of different forms of collective memory.

The key skills the unit will hone and further develop are:
* Advanced research skills in identifying, locating and exploiting a wide range of descriptive, evaluative and theoretical literature.
* Intellectual skills of conceptual, original and independent thinking, critical analysis, synthesis and reasoned argument.
* Skills of assessment and judgement in relation to the soundness of competing arguments and scenarios, including the reporting and assessing of data.
* Generic and transferable skills related to the oral and written presentation of ideas.
* Skills of self-direction and time management.

Topics will include: Collective memory and identity construction; collective memory in the transition to industrial modernity; constructing victimhood: from the commemoration of 'the fallen' to the 'traumatic' victim; museums and democracy: constructing the national culture; museums and globalisation: constructing postcolonial identities; memory and representation in cinema; conceptual and multimedia art: absence and trace; reconciliation and the 'politics of apology'; the heritage industry.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL50785 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies


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