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HIST 3035 - Reel History: World War II in Film

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: HIST 2054
Assessment: Tutorial Participation and attendance 10%, Short Essay (1000 words) 25%, Research Essay (2500 words) 45%, Online short answer test 20%.

The aim of this course is to explore the relationship between the past and its representation on film with particular emphasis on World War II. It takes various themes in the history of the war to examine how film has represented, reconstructed and interpreted the mid-twentieth century crisis. The course compares feature and documentary films with more traditional historical texts and sources in order to chart how filmmakers have approached the war. Why did some aspects of the war draw more attention than others? How did different people address the same subjects? Who has been responsible for shaping our understanding of the war and why was so much invested in its recreation on the screen? Students will address such questions and should complete the course with an understanding of the influence of film on popular perceptions of the war and an awareness of the dynamic process of remembering and forgetting history that is inherent in the production of historical films.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 16/03/2020 Thu 26/03/2020 Fri 12/06/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11750 SE02 90 10 11 Mar - 1 Apr Wednesday 9am - 11am Barr Smith South, 2032, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Wednesday 9am - 11am Barr Smith South, 2032, Teaching Room
11751 SE01 77 6 13 Mar - 3 Apr Friday 9am - 11am Barr Smith South, 2060, Teaching Room
1 May - 12 Jun Friday 9am - 11am Barr Smith South, 2060, Teaching Room