HIS2308 : History and Film: Representing the Past
HIS2308 : History and Film: Representing the Past
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Nicola Clarke
- Lecturer: Dr Lauren Darwin, Dr Samiksha Sehrawat, Dr Meg Kobza, Dr Luc Racaut
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
This module will explore the history and theory of cinematic representations of the past. Using specific films as reference points, we will take cinema seriously as a mode of engagement with the past. Students will be introduced to different approaches and techniques in historical film; they will learn to contextualise production and reception, in multiple national and regional film industries, and how this context has changed over time; they will be encouraged to read films in terms of aspects such as cinematography, scoring, editing, and costuming, as well as story and dialogue, and consider how the various elements contribute to the whole.
The module will examine what it means to create a dramatic narrative of past events, what individual films tell us about collective and social memory of the past, and how controversy, contingency and uncertainty can or cannot be reflected on screen.
Outline Of Syllabus
The specific films and historical topics covered will vary from year to year; however, the themes covered are likely to include:
• memory and representation
• sensitive subjects: the politics of representation
• marginalised voices: imagination, appropriation, and empathy
• beyond dialogue: the visual language of cinema
• historical truth and verisimilitude
• revisionism at the movies
• marketing and reception
• writing about cinema: critics and theorists
• budgets and box office: the business of cinema
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
By the end of this module, students should:
• have knowledge of the background, context, and content of the historical films discussed during the course, and others of their choice selected for the assessment;
• have knowledge of how controversial topics have been dealt with in the historical films studied, and also why certain films have been controversial;
• understand what is meant by memory within the historical discipline, and how it relates to popular media;
• understand the arguments about the past underlying the historical films studied;
• be able to read visual media, understanding what is being communicated by elements other than the words spoken.
Intended Skill Outcomes
Like all History modules, ‘History and Film’ is designed to help students develop skills of critical reading, clear and effective communication (oral and written), and independent learning. In addition, this module will place particular emphasis on extending critical reading skills to visual media.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||60||1:00||60:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||77||1:00||77:00||Includes required film viewings|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Seminars|
|Structured Guided Learning||Structured non-synchronous discussion||5||1:00||5:00||Canvas message board discussion to follow film viewings - part of contact hours with staff and peers|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||3||1:00||3:00||Assessment guidance with staff.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||30||1:00||30:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
SEMINARS encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills, research skills and adaptability.
LECTURES enable students to gain a wider sense of historical argument and debate and how such debates operate, which also allows them to develop comparisons between different historiographical debates.
ONLINE DISCUSSION: Students will be required to view selected films via a library-subscribed streaming service, and then discuss those with staff non-synchronously on Canvas. They will also be expected to introduce and participate in discussions of films they have watched independently.
SURGERY TIME: Staff will make themselves available for three hours over the course of the module to see students individually on issues concerning them, although we expect this will focus on preparation for assessments. This is in addition to regular office hours.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||40||1500 words (incl. footnotes but not bibliography)|
|Essay||2||A||60||2000 words (incl. footnotes but not bibliography)|
Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.
|Written exercise||2||M||500 words of contribution to message board discussions|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining the student’s progress. Summative assessment tests knowledge outcomes and develops skills in research and reading.
Students will be provided with a list of questions to choose from for the essays; these will focus on the themes discussed in the lectures, although students will be encouraged to choose their own examples of films to discuss in depth.
The formative assessment will give students an opportunity to practice writing about a film of their choice, in line with the ideas and skills developed in the module.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.
Past Exam Papers
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