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TERM: 2021-22 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: HIST 329
COURSE TITLE: History on Screen
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Mark Sandle
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to introduce students to the way that the past is represented on screen. It will compare and contrast different forms of representation: films (feature film, documentary, propaganda, animation, films of record); television; console games; social media; digital history, and think about the problems that each of these forms creates. This course will thus engage with the deeper questions about how the past is presented, represented and consumed outside of the academy, and will explore the question of how far these visual modes of representation provide a different (unique? Superior?) experience of the past and how to understand it compared to more traditional textual modes of representation. This course will help students to engage critically with information, ideas and interpretations about the past that are mediated via a screen, and to think carefully about public history, the past and the Christian imagination.

Corequisites: HIST 204
REQUIRED TEXTS: There is no required text. Readings/viewings will be posted for each week
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Paper 1: Feature Films as History (2500 words) 20%
Paper 2: History on TV (2500 words)20%
Assignment 3: Digital History20%
Assignment 4: Final Project25%
Assignment 5: Online Learning15%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of this course students will:
  • Understand the key problems in how the past is represented on screen;
  • Appreciate the way that various media forms – film, TV, the internet, social media – present and represent the past;
  • Acquire knowledge on the way that History is created and disseminated in non-textual forms;
  • Be aware of the various critiques of history as portrayed in films, on TV and in console games;
  • Develop their Christian perspectives on the past
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • WEEK 1: SEPTEMBER 9
    • INTRO: REEL HISTORY?
    • The feature film as history (or not):
  • WEEK 2: SEPTEMBER 16: stories of the past
    • FILM WEEK 1: FEATURE FILMS I
    • Intro: War and Film: realism, empathy, narrative
    • Show Film: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (https://archive.org/details/All.Quiet.on.the.Western.Front.1930_201605)
  • WEEK 3: SEPTEMBER 23RD NO CLASS BECAUSE OF IS: OL FORUMS
    • DISCUSS THE FILM/WATCH 1917
  • WEEK 4: SEPTEMBER 30TH
    • FILM WEEK 2: FEATURE FILMS II: how can we best tell the story of war???
    • WW1: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD v. 1917
  • WEEK 5: OCTOBER 7TH
    • FILM WEEK 3: FEATURE FILMS III: THE HOLOCAUST ON SCREEN: How do you tell stories of the unspeakably tragic?
    • LA VITA E BELLA (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL)
  • WEEK 6: OCTOBER 14TH
    • FILM WEEK 4: TELLING THE STORY: historical film as politics? Propaganda and story-telling.
    • Film: tbc
  • WEEK 7: OCTOBER 21ST
    • FILM WEEK 5: SATIRE/ANIMATION: agendas and representation: satire, commerce, patriotism
  • WEEK 8: OCTOBER 28TH
    • TV WEEK 1: DOCUMENTARIES: World at war/Nazis on Screen
  • WEEK 9: NOVEMBER 4TH
    • TV WEEK 2: SATIRE/HUMOUR/long form stories (Band of Brothers/Blackadder)
  • WEEK 10: NOVEMBER 11TH REMEMBRANCE DAY: OL LEARNING THIS WEEK/PREPPING FOR YOUR FINAL PROJECTS
  • WEEK 11 NOVEMBER 18TH
    • DIGITAL HISTORY I: CONSOLE GAMES: interacting with the past?
  • WEEK 12 NOVEMBER 25TH
    • DIGITAL HISTORY II: FROM TOURIST TO EXPLORER: youtube/social media/memes
  • WEEK 13: DECEMBER 2
    • DIGITAL HISTORY III: FROM TOURIST TO EXPLORER: WWW/WIKIPEDIA/BLOGS/ARCHIVES
  • WEEK 14: DECEMBER 9TH
    • Wrap-up


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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