Undergraduate | MAQ-MHIX3030-2023
Screening the Past: History on Film and Television
Prior study needed
- 24 July 2023
About this subject
What you'll learn
Note: Students may only enrol in this subject if they have completed either 130 cp at 1000 level or above OR 20 cp in HIST or MHIS or MHIX subjects at 2000 level or above. See Entry requirements for details.
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Locate historical films and television programs within the context of their production.
- Demonstrate understanding of the ways that films and television programs produce interpretations of the past.
- Conceptualise and create an original research project by presenting a coherent historical argument that is situated in the relevant historiography.
- Successfully undertake independent primary and secondary historical research.
- Develop and apply a critical vocabulary for the analysis of film and televisual materials as primary sources.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
Recent surveys of popular historical awareness have demonstrated that most people find out about the past from film and television, yet visual histories are often criticised for the ways they present the past. This subject will consider the limitations and possibilities of history on screen. Do filmic histories represent a more 'authentic' engagement with the past, or do they peddle false versions of history to a gullible public? How might we read historical films and television programs carefully and critically to understand diverse historical interpretations? This subject will develop student's understandings of the critical study of history on film, examining the ways that all historical texts (including films) make arguments about the past. The unit will examine cinematic and televisual representations of Australian, American and British histories.
- Research Project Proposal (20%)
- Weekly Qiz (30%)
- Research Essay (50%)
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You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
- Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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