LSO450 - Cold War Culture: Fear and Escapism

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Subject Title
Cold War Culture: Fear and Escapism

Subject Description
This course explores historical changes and creative innovations during the Cold War, a period of global culture spanning 1945 to 1990 with defining events that continue to have an effect upon our 21st century world. In viewing the Cold War tensions between the ascendant superpowers, students will engage with the contrast between Communism in the Soviet Union and Capitalism in the USA through literature and film of the period. Students will also explore the political expressions that emerge in art, music and theory from emerging capitalist democracies and communist strongholds, notably Cuba, Prague, Paris, Vietnam, Berlin and Beijing.

Credit Status
One upper-level Liberal Studies elective credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define and explain critical concepts and politics related to the Cold War
2. Identify, categorize, and explain essential characteristics of various genres of culture
3. Assess various national literatures intrinsic to the Cold War
4. Situate main concepts of cultural theory and postmodernism between 1945 and 1990
5. Synthesize interdisciplinary approaches such as history, film, fiction, music and art
6. Connect literary content with widespread cultural media
7. Apply stylistic and research conventions that enhance organizational and communication skills, particularly in written and oral assignments.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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