Aspects of Film History
Area of Study
Film Studies, Radio/Television/Film, Visual Arts
Taught In English
24 units of credit in the Film Studies
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis 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.
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.