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History and Film: Nazi Germany and the Jewish Holocaust (6 points)


Leader: Bain Attwood

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit explores the nature of film as history, using Nazi Germany and the Jewish Holocaust as case studies. It will consider temporary newsreels, photographs and feature films, as well as historical documentaries and feature films, in the course of examining the role of film in past times, the influence of these upon historical understanding since, the strengths and weaknesses of historical film, the criteria historians should adopt to critically assess filmed history, and the part historians have played in film-making.

Assessment: Film commentary (1000 words): 25% + Long essay (2500 words): 40% + Test (1000 words): 25% + tutorial participation: 10%

Contact Hours: Three hours a week, comprising of films, lectures and tutorials

Prerequisites: A first year sequence in History or permission

Prohibitions: HSY3225

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