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PL30972: Film und Geschichte

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Film Analysis (CW 33%)
  • Essay (ES 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit aims to familiarise students with the history of film as a medium in Germany, with a particular focus on the portrayal of history in film. Historical films have been a staple of narrative cinema from its inception. Germany's turbulent 20th century has meant that film has taken on a significant popular role in mediating a national history whose interpretation has often been the subject of controversy. This unit aims to allow students to explore the significance of film as a form of cultural memory in the German context, covering the period from the end of the First World War to the present day. It will also allow students to relate the films studied to contemporaneous public debates on Germany's historical development.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, students will be able to:
* Discuss the historical significance of examples of German history films in their context;
* Analyse the varying approaches to the narration of national history on film in Germany, including generic considerations;
* Understand the role of montage, camerawork, mise-en-scéne, acting, music, etc. in the presentation of German history on film;
* Critically assess the role of film as a form of cultural memory in Germany's ongoing negotiation of its national history.

Skills:
Skills in critical analysis, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, effective communication, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Content:
Topics addressed may include: First World War films from the Weimar Republic; National Socialist history films; films addressing World War Two in both post-war German states; the New German Cinema's reckoning with German history; contemporary 'heritage films'; films dealing with the legacy of the East German dictatorship; and films addressing Germany's history as a country of immigration. The unit will be taught in German.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30972 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA(Hons) German and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB06 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB07 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB23 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)

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