Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-78








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Explore the history of punk and the role played by youth subcultures in contemporary history, while making your own punk fanzine.

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Who is the course for?

This cultural studies course is aimed at students interested in studying contemporary history at university.

It will also interest those involved in punk subcultures in the 70s, or anyone with a broad interest in youth politics or the history of punk.

What topics will you cover?

The diverse meanings of ‘punk’, its roots and its effects on British culture.

The originators and defining events that led to punk’s spread across the UK and beyond.

The music: how the Sex Pistols opened the way for a wide range of sounds and bands.

Why fanzines became the perfect medium for punk.

Punk’s influence on publishing, fashion, art and design.

Punk’s impact on issues of gender, class, race, sexuality and protest.

Punk’s legacy and continuing influence on society.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Reflect on the relationship between punk and the socio-economic and political context of the time.

Explore the iconography and styles that portray ‘punk’.

Discuss the legacy of punk – is it altogether positive and progressive or a more complex mixture of good and bad?

Apply punk’s DIY ethos to create and publish a zine reflecting your own creativity and original thinking.

Critique punk’s influence on society both in the 70s and today through your own research.

Engage with the diverse range of music, meanings and media associated with the punk movement.

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