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2014 was a year of commemoration for the wars and unrest of the twentieth century: the centenary of the outbreak of First World War; final year of Second World War, opening battles of Vietnam War in 1954; the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. Course Director of MSt in the History of Design convened 2014 annual Design History Society conference at Oxford’s Department.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: University of Oxford

Course Curriculum

Module: 01
‘Propaganda in Three Dimensions’: British Ministry of Information Exhibitions During World War Two 00:19:00
ENIAC versus Colossus and the early presentation of electronic computers 00:22:00
Design during the War: the seventh Triennale in Milan and the Mostra della produzione in serie (Serial production exhibition, 1940) 00:17:00
Dressed to Dissent: ‘Catch-22’ Clothing 00:25:00
Modernising the V&A: From War to Reconstruction 1918-51 00:22:00
Module: 02
Book and musket | graphic design of Italian school reports and diplomas during the Fascism 00:20:00
Prints of Peace: Elihu Burritt and the graphics of reform 00:19:00
Conflicting Views: Print Propaganda Depicting Tourism in a Landscape of War 00:21:00
Material objects and visual web presentation: the Virtual Peace Palace Museum 00:30:00
The secret dollhouse: craft and resistance in Stalinist Estonia 00:18:00
Module: 03
Furniture Behind the Wire 00:25:00
Quiet, Humane and ‘Anonymous’: Pevsner’s art-historical response to wartime 00:18:00
“Good Housing depends on You”: Wartime Housing, 1942 00:23:00
Draw me an AK-47: Transnational imaginaries in the trenches of the cold war 00:25:00
Camouflage for peace: disruptive pattern material and dazzle painting in contemporary design and art 00:19:00
Module: 04
Designed to Kill : The Difficult Study of Military Design 00:22:00
Syonan Shimbun: Singapore’s Wartime Newspaper 00:19:00
The AIDS Memorial Quilt: Mourning an Ongoing War 00:20:00
South African poster propaganda during the Second World War 00:22:00
Collective Memory and Conflict Representation: War and Peace in Colombian Museums 00:21:00
Module: 05
Authenticity and commemoration: an analysis of Otto Weidt Worshop for the Blind and the Jewish Museum in Berlin 00:23:00
Furniture in Portugal, 1940-1974: between tradition, authoritarianism and modernity 00:21:00
Cultural Trauma: Kós, Kozma, and Hungarian Design in the First World War 00:25:00
Funky Bunkers: The Post-Military Landscape as a Readymade Space and a Cultural Playgound 00:19:00
Images of Women in a Changing Colonial Taiwanese Society during the Period of World War I 00:19:00
Module: 06
Public memory and everyday memorials: work of the Imperial War Graves Commission’ 00:24:00
Help to win the war’: an analysis of the typographic posters produced by the New Zealand Government 1914-1918 00:27:00
War on Wheels 00:28:00
The Politics of Memory: Designing the Ganatantra Smarak (Republic Memorial), Kathmandu, Nepal 00:20:00
“Design, Domesticity and Revolution: Transitioning the Cuban Ideal Home” 00:20:00
Module: 07
“Not for Glory, not for Gain!” The Czech Glass Spartakiad Figurine, 1955 00:24:00
Arthur Wragg: Pacifist Polemics in Black and White 00:23:00
Designed to Kill: The Social Life of Weapons in Twentieth Century Britain 00:25:00
Trapped in Shells: Mindset and Materiality in First World War Trench Art and Beyond 02:10:00
How Disabled Design Changed the History of Modernism. 00:00:00
Module: 08
Clothing Soldiers: Development of an organised system of production and supply of military clothing in England between 1645 and 1708 00:23:00
Design for the Reconstruction: housing Exhibitions and the QT8 Model District at the ninth Triennale in Milan (1947) 00:16:00
A Jewish Teenager in Hiding: Representations of Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank 00:25:00
Decorated Handkerchiefs: cotton, colours and conflict ‘in and about’ Northern Ireland 00:23:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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