History at the movies

This epic course will examine the ways in which the past is presented to us in movies. The course is based on the idea that movies have played a major role in the construction of our idea of the past.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Walter Kudrycz 17 July Monday 6-8pm 8 $295 Enrolments closed

Course outline

History at the Movies: Film, Fact, and Fiction: This epic course will examine the ways in which the past is presented to us in movies. The course is based on the idea that movies have played a major role in the construction of our idea of the past. While the course will mainly consist of watching and talking about movies, it will also compare movies with written histories and with historical novels, and with real events as far as we can know them.

  • Introduction, Mythology, and Ancient Greece
  • Rome and the Dark Ages
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Tudor Period
  • The Age of Reason and the French Revolution
  • Imperialism
  • The Great War
  • The Second World War

Learning outcomes

An increased appreciation of history, of movies, and of the modern historical imagination.

Who should enrol

Anyone interested in history, in film, and in how we think about the past.

Presenter

Dr Walter Kudrycz studied and then taught medieval history at Sydney University. As an undergraduate he also studied philosophy and Latin. Since moving to Canberra, Walter has worked as an historian for the Australian War Memorial, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Museum, and the National Library. He has also been employed as a lecturer in history at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Walter has written a book on the relationship between historiography and philosophy. His current areas of research are the medieval Crusades and the ethical issues associated with animal rights.

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