Aspects of Film History

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Aspects of Film History

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    24 units of credit in the Film Studies

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to the early history of film and its social and cultural impacts; considers key theoretical issues in the examination of film histories, and perspectives, traditions and methods in the historiography of film. Through case studies and analysis of key texts and films, it highlights the role of film in modernity and its transformations, and introduces students to the use of a wide range of archival and research materials used in the documentation of film history. The course does not offer a comprehensive history but studies in depth key aspects of film prior to the 1960s. This includes: prehistories of film, art and experimental film, German Expressionism, cinema and colonialism, propaganda and war film, the Hollywood epic, the American dream.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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