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What is apocalyptic?

“If the Apocalypse comes, beep me”

– Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Literature, Art, Religion, History, Film


Over the centuries, the threat of an impending apocalypse has often been used as a theme within literature and other medium to express social and political change and any accompanying fears. Apocalypses are important because they express social and cultural concerns, but also because they tell us about attitudes to historical events at crucial periods in the development of world history. This session will explore the nature of apocalyptic literature and ideas from the Bible to the Big Screen.

Why this is important

Apocalyptic ideas are found everywhere in today’s society, and are a way of learning about the concerns of society at the time they are produced.

Key descriptors

Apocalyptic; eschatology; societal change

Year groups

Years 11, 12, 13


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