Introduction to Michael Jackson Studies Online Course: 6-Lesson Online Course with Elizabeth Amisu
The world’s first online academic Michael Jackson Studies course leads the learner through the creative world of Michael Jackson’s music, film and cultural relevance for six inspirational weeks of revealing research, alongside a personal journey using weekly readings, along with note-taking and a creative academic project.
This course in 20 words: Innovative, Fresh, Unique, Exploratory, Fun, Engaging, Special, Searching, Creative, Michaeling, Rewarding, Inspiring, Adaptable, Illuminating, MJ, King of Pop, Artistry, Range, New, Perspectives
Question: What is Michael Jackson Studies?
Answer: Michael Jackson Studies is a brand new field which uses the study of film, music and culture while at the same time entering the debates surrounding Michael Jackson’s art and his extraordinary life. The allure of Jackson — has never been explained. The aim of this course is to do just that, and de-mystify one of the world’s most intriguing artists.
Question: Who teaches this course?
Answer: Elizabeth Amisu, PGCE, MA, author of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife, editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Studies, and presenter of Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation, is both the creator and the facilitator (teacher) of this course.
- 6 lessons
- 6 weeks of study
- 132-page course notes
- Learn at your own pace, no deadlines
- Self-directed viewing & note-taking
- Certificate of Completion
Handcrafted Course Delivery
- Tutorials, Free Podcasts, Articles & More…
- Handcrafted guides and prompt questions
- Optional extended sources for advanced learners
Who is this course for?
- Students & Teachers
- Lifelong Learners
- Academics & Researchers
- Instant delivery
- Travel & examination-free
- 3 years access
About the Course
It is no secret that Michael Jackson was an international star. His unparalleled commercial success and phenomenal talent made him a celebrity all around the world. Millions of people flocked to watch Jackson perform in sell-out tours and following his untimely passing in 2009, Jackson’s art, music and creative works have spawned a brand new billion-dollar industry. However, despite Jackson’s unmatched fame and artistic contribution, several questions remain…
Who (or what) was Michael Jackson?
How and why did he create his art?
What exactly happened to him and his representation over the course of his career?
What does Michael Jackson mean to us now?
We begin with an introduction to Jackson’s life, his speeches, his poetry, his autobiographies and his music. Then we consider Jackson’s music and films as a reflection of his cultural significance. We will proceed through Jackson’s artistic canon, visiting key works of art and the contexts in which they were created. By the end, it is my wish that we have all been refined through a masterclass in creativity.
Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Popular Music
Elizabeth holds B.A., M.A., and PGCE qualifications, is a lifelong teacher, who specializes in English literature, film studies and popular culture, and is the author of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife, presenter of the podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation and editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Studies, among other works.
Elizabeth continues to teach thousands of people about Michael Jackson’s art through her writing, podcasting, courses and research.
My books, courses and resources are designed to help you reach your full potential and improve your life experience. As the law states, I cannot and do not make any guarantees about your ability to get results with my ideas, information, tools or strategies. All products and services by Writing Eliza, ElizabethAmisu.com, MichaelJacksonStudies.org and OnlineArtsEducation.co.uk are for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing in this work, any of these websites, or any of this content or curriculum is a promise or guarantee of specific results.
Introduction to Michael Jackson Studies Online Course
This introduction gives an overview of the resources which will be needed for the next six weeks and gives the student a week to gather all their resources and acquaint themselves with the source material.
The Man, Not The Myth
Diaries can be powerful tools for learning and change. This week introduces your Michael Jackson Diary, and introduces the first set of key readings for you to explore your thoughts and ideas around Michael Jackson, and myths around the man.
Music & Context 1979-1986
This week is dedicated to Jackson’s musical creations. You will be inspired to “read” a range of albums, song-by-song and use your MJ Diary (see last week’s set task) to note your thoughts and feelings on the music, its tenor, its creativity and any ideas that it brings to mind for you.
Music & Context 1987-1994
This lesson is dedicated to Jackson’s musical creations, ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous’. The Michael Jackson Diary process is used to carry out in-depth research of Jackson’s albums and the context in which they were made. In addition, we go further by examining Jackson’s book of poetry, ‘Dancing the Dream’, along with the allegations made against him in 1993.
Music & Context 1995-2001
The next trio of albums: ‘HIStory (Disc 2)’, ‘Blood on the Dance Floor (Tracks 1-5)’ and ‘Invincible’, showcase Jackson’s transition into adulthood and fatherhood. In this time he became a fully-fledged activist and human rights campaigner and his pleas for change become screams. This lesson we explore how he transformed his own trials into microphones for the voiceless.