Michael Jackson’s HIStory: Six-Lesson Course with Karin Merx

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Rediscover HIStory and expand your knowledge of Michael Jackson’s Past, Present and Future: Book I…

Become a Michael Jackson HIStory expert* with this Online Video Course with academic Karin Merx.  

Earn an esteemed certification on Michael Jackson’s HIStory album from the comfort of your own home!

Rediscover HIStory and go in-depth to expand your knowledge of Michael Jackson’s HIStory album, and include new perspectives on this artistic highlight with a 6-lesson online video course with Karin Merx.

Studying Michael Jackson is a brand new field in academic studies like musicology, film studies, history, and black history. In this course you learn about Jackson’s album HIStory, and the way he uses his artistry to convey his political and personal messages.

This dynamic ground-breaking online course will take your knowledge of HIStory and its unique context to the next level so that you can use it to write, learn and gain specific understanding that will benefit you, your friends and family, and the wider community of Michael Jackson fans and academics. And it’s suitable for those who are new to Michael Jackson, as well as seasoned pros.

Experience one of the most outstanding creative achievements of Michael Jackson with his album, HIStory. You can even teach others, use your learning for a creative project, or write an academic article or essay for publication. Already taking a qualification? Use this course to boost your grade. Want to write about Michael Jackson’s music professionally? This is a great place to get started.

At the end of this online video course, you’ll be eligible to be a certified Michael Jackson’s HIStory expert, and you’ll receive a certificate that’s suitable for framing. This paraprofessional worldwide designation demonstrates that you’ve taken extra training to understand the Michael Jackson’s HIStory, and underscores your preparation to teach the Michael Jackson’s HIStory to others.

About Your Expert Teacher, Karin Merx

karin Online Arts Education Online CoursesKarin holds BMus, B.A., and M.A. qualifications, and is a lifelong teacher, who specializes in music, visual art, art history, and cultural philosophy and is the professional artist commissioned for the Michael Jackson Respect Portrait, presenter of the podcast Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation and editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, among other works. Karin continues to teach thousands of people about Michael Jackson’s art through her creative works, podcasting, courses and research.

Certified Michael Jackson’s HIStory Course Overview

Lesson One: Welcome and Introduction
Here’s a special welcome message from Karin Merx and an introduction to your Michael Jackson HIStory Online Video Course.

  • The intention of this course
  • What you’ll accomplish
  • How to prepare for the course and research
  • The best sources to use for your study and research

Lesson Two: Analyse HIStory (Short Course Here)
The album HIStory came out after a period of ‘cultural exile’ for Michael Jackson. Since that time, over twenty years since its release, key books and articles have been written that bring an analyses of the album. This module focuses on:

  • Providing a clear overview of the HIStory era
  • Reading Joseph Vogel’s HIStory
  • Key quotes from Joseph Vogel’s HIStory
  • Reading Elizabeth Amisu’s chapter on HIStory in The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson
  • Key quotes from Elizabeth Amisu’s chapter on HIStory
  • Reading Joseph Vogel’s Earth Song
  • Key quotes from Joseph Vogel’s Earth Song
  • How to best use the sources for your research
  • How to use a notebook for in-depth (and on-the-fly) research

Lesson Three: HIStory – Past (Short Course Here)
This module is all about how Michael Jackson used history in his trailer for the HIStory World Tour and in his songs. You’ll learn these important specifics and concepts:

  • Michael Jackson, as an editor of his own past
  • How Michael Jackson mixed his personal experiences with history
  • How Michael Jackson explores the writing of history
  • How to effectively read the HIStory trailer
  • How HIStory as an autobiography

Lesson Four: HIStory – Present
In this learning module, you learn how to use HIStory and the short films to discuss larger social issues. You’ll learn:

  • How to read HIStory’s short films
  • How to analyse HIStory’s short films
  • How to discuss media sensationalism in HIStory
  • How to discuss materialism in HIStory
  • How to discuss discrimination in HIStory
  • How to discuss alienation in HIStory

Lesson Five: HIStory – Future
This lesson is all about Michael Jackson’s Earth Song.  Karin walks you through:

  • An overview of academic criticism of Earth Song
  • Performances and reception of Earth Song
  • Analysing the magnificent short film
  • How Earth Song and its message have a new meaning today

Lesson Six: Creative Project
Creativity is the best way of summarising your learning. This ‘Creative Project’ lesson gives you a wonderful opportunity to create a piece of art or an article inspired by Michael Jackson’s HIStory. You will:

  • Receive detailed guidance on how to bring all your ideas together
  • Choose a final creative or academic project in your preferred field
  • Complete your final creative project
  • An opportunity to be considered for academic publication, enhancing academic credit for your hard work

Resources: Michael Jackson’s HIStory
Karin discusses how you can enhance knowledge of Michael Jackson’s HIStory in a way that is fulfilling and focused. Topics include:

  • Free academic podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On
  • Free academic essay on Stranger in Moscow
  • Writing a HIStory Notebook for analysis and inspiration and ideas
  • Six ground-braking books, The MJ101 Series by Andy Healy
  • Citations for every lesson to help kick-start your research
  • Effective Note-taking advice
  • Michael Jackson Studies community and ongoing support

In addition to these 6 lessons, you’ll also receive:

  • Free Bronze membership to The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies when you follow the Journal, like us on Facebook.com/michaeljacksonstudies and follow us on twitter @mjas29
  • Silver Membership includes free monthly newsletter, author interviews, columns, essays & articles, book reviews, and academic podcasts. Subscribe at http://michaeljacksonstudies.org/subscribe
  • A Dedicated Michael Jackson Studies Facebook Page for support and additional resources
  • A certified Michael Jackson HIStory Certificate
  • Access to our Free Researchers Resource Service with advice on topics to approach
  • An opportunity to be considered for academic publication, enhancing academic credit for your hard work

More about Karin Merx

karinKarin holds BMus degree in Classical Music, and B.A., M.A. degrees in Cultural Studies with a specialisation in Art History, spent 20 + years teaching music, and enjoys teaching about the subjects she loves like art, music, cultural philosophy, art history, and cultural history. Karin is musician and visual artist, and enjoys illustrating books and book covers. Her research interests are popular culture, cultural philosophy, music, and art history. She is a professional academic, artist, editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies and together with Elizabeth Amisu host of Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation.  She is the author of the academic book, ‘A festive parade of highlights. La Grande Parade as evaluation of the museum policy of Edy De Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’ published with academic publisher Eburon. This landmark publication, currently exclusively available in Dutch, is the first of its kind that focuses solely on De Wilde and his tenure as the director of the Stedelijk. It is therefore an indispensable source for students and researchers on museum history and modern art in the twentieth century.


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