HIST432 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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST332

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units HIST332 - 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. critically evaluate a variety of historic films and films depicting historic events in terms of their filmic qualities and historical contexts;
  2. analyse the ways in which the depiction of historic events in films may differ from other productions of history, demonstrating a coherent and advanced knowledge of the topic;
  3. apply well developed judgement and advanced cognitive and communication skills to assess and explain the peculiar value of history as film;
  4. critically evaluate the ways in which film as history may influence our collective understanding of the past;
  5. research and critically assess the ways in which history is depicted in film using a range of sources; and
  6. write a coherent and sustained argument in a professional manner about history as film, applying skillful writing techniques and an advanced understanding of research principles and accepted documentation practices.