Covid in Cartoons
During this political cartooning course you will analyse political cartoons created during the pandemic. Through this, you will develop your diversity and cultural literacy skills, as well as, the build the tools and resilience to process the crisis.
This mini-course comprises three hour-long sessions and is aimed at students aged 15-18. During the first session of this course, you will participate in enjoyable learning activities to familiarise yourself with the medium of political cartoons and their history. In the second, you build your cultural literacy in the context of the pandemic by looking at the current situation and how they hope the future will look; this will include an in-depth discussion of the impacts on young people, as well as a comparison across time and countries, all through the analysis of political cartoons. Finally, the third sessions will engage with cartoons, and supplementary activities focused on the notions of heroism and inequality to ascertain how the pandemic has affected them.
- Understand what a press cartoon (also called a political cartoon) is and how you can read it.
- Recognise the techniques used in press cartoons.
- Spot how changes in culture and life are reflected in political cartoons and how this relates to your own experience.
- Be able to recognise how political cartoons illustrate differences in experience, underlying inequalities, and ways of handling the pandemic.
- Think critically about what is shown in cartoons, building your skills in source analysis, discussion, and artistic interpretation.
- Develop your cultural and diversity literacy skills.