History on Film

Ref: C2226674

If you like the prospect of thinking about how movies can interpret and revisit specific events in history this may be the course for you. From recognised 'blockbusters' to lesser known titles , this course explores how film style dramatises the complexities of specific events in history. The course also touches on what we mean by history and all of the classes will be supported by precis documents that suggest further reading and viewing. Each session will include the screening of excerpts from a particular film as the basis for discussion and analysis.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 28/10/2019

Course aim

This course examines filmmaking depictions of specific moments in history. A number of the films discussed (with excerpts screened) may be well known, whilst others may be less so. The sessions will explore the films as creative interpretations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify what is meant by a film genre.
  • Discuss some of the wider issues around what we mean by the term 'history'.
  • Use certain terms of film analysis in order to discuss a film.
  • You will be encouraged to explore the relationship between a specific film and the wider cultural debate.
  • To discuss aspects of film history.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The tutor expects to provide some further reading suggestions and examples via the WEA's digital learning platform. For learners who do not readily have online access the tutor will provide hard copy resources.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • In concert with the WEA, the tutor is able to advice on progression to Higher Education.

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History on Film

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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