• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Katharina Bonzel
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the historical context of cinema emerging as both an art form and a cultural product;
  2. discuss the relation between American and European cinematic traditions;
  3. appraise the complex relationship of cinematic history, and history as represented on screen; and
  4. critically reflect upon how film form and different cinematic styles influence our perception of history.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay (2000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Close analysis (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,4]
  3. In-class group presentation (15 mins) (20) [LO 1,3,4]
  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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FILM2006.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be listed on the course Wattle site.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3440 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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