- Code SCRN2003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Screen Studies
- Areas of interest American Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Film
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Katharina Bonzel
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2022
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This course examines the relationship between history and the moving image in two ways: by studying the history of film as well as history on film, from the beginnings of cinema to the ever-present screens of today. It begins with an analysis of the rise of Hollywood as an industrial and cultural institution, and explores the complex relationship and interaction between American and European cinema during the 20th century. At the same time, the course considers how history has been represented on screen, considering questions of authenticity, historical and national contexts, genre and production frameworks. From the Lumière brothers to the sword-and-sandal epics of Classical Hollywood and the historical reimaginings of Netflix series, we will investigate what formal strategies films and television series employ to depict historical events, places and the people within them.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the historical context of cinema emerging as both an art form and a cultural product;
- discuss the relation between American and European cinematic traditions;
- appraise the complex relationship of cinematic history, and history as represented on screen; and
- critically reflect upon how film form and different cinematic styles influence our perception of history.
- Essay (2000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Close analysis (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,4]
- In-class group presentation (15 mins) (20) [LO 1,3,4]
- Participation (10) [LO 2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars, 12 hours of workshops and workshop-like activities, and
b) 24 hours of screenings; and
b) 70 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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