HIST332 History as Film

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or HINQ or HIST or RELS or any 24cp or candidature in a post-graduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units HIST432 - History as Film
Coordinator(s) Erin Ihde (eihde2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit explores the phenomenon of history as film. 'Historical movies' and other related forms of audio-visual media are enormously influential in shaping our understanding of the past, yet they are necessarily bound to the cultural and political concerns of the society which produces them. They tend to tell us more about the production and consumption of public memory in our own time, than about the past itself. This unit examines a range of film genres chosen from a variety of places and time periods. Students will consider the artistic and technical aspects as well as the challenges of producing history as film, and explore issues of interpretation, accuracy, perspective and representation.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critique a range of historic films and films depicting historic events in terms of their filmic qualities and historical context;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the ways in which the depiction of historic events in films may differ from other productions of history;
  3. apply well developed judgement and cognitive skills to assess the peculiar value of history as film;
  4. evaluate the way in which film as history may influence our collective understanding of the past;
  5. analyse and evaluate information about the way in which history is depicted in film using a range of sources; and
  6. write a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas about history as film, applying skillful writing techniques and an understanding of accepted documentation practices.