Film as History (HIST*2020) | College of Arts

Film as History (HIST*2020)

Code and section: HIST*2020*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Jacqueline Murray


Course Synopsis:

This course will use modern films as a point of entry into understanding both the culture of the Middle Ages and how contemporary society has come to perceive it. Through the comparative reading of modern films against medieval primary sources, we will come to an understanding of how the modern mind has re-written and re-interpreted the medieval experience. At the same time, students will be introduced to the culture and society of the European Middle Ages, the period stretching from antiquity to the early modern world (ca. 500-ca. 1500).

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, an assiduous student will have had the opportunity to:

  1. articulate and further their appreciation of the complexity and richness of medieval society, as represented in medieval sources;
  2. analyze primary sources and compare them to modern interpretations of the past;
  3. developed an understanding of how the modern mind has re-written and re-interpreted the medieval experience.;
  4. have developed critical skills in reading and critiquing the veracity of cinematic representations;
  5. honed their capacity to write both critically and comparatively about past and present

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

First assignment - 20%
Second assignment - 20%
Third assignment - 25%
Final examination - 35%

Texts Required:

There is no required text. Materials will be available on Courselink

Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.



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