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Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the 20th Century: The Camera Never Lies

University of London International Programmes via Coursera

Overview

This course is a short taster on the topic of the use of Images, Film, and their use in historical interpretation in the 20th century. It is primarily provided for those who have a general interest in history that draws on photojournalism as primary evidence, and films based on historical events.


Once you have completed this course we hope you will be equipped to:

Appreciate the significance of photographs as historical evidence in the twentieth century.
Understand the limitations of the medium, and how we can attribute meaning to these individual records of 'one moment in time' while taking into account the circumstances in which any particular image was taken.
Understand how individuals and institutions have looked to manipulate images to their own ends – through alteration and/or censorship – and what that meant to contemporary interpretation, as well as subsequent historical interpretation.
Put individual images into a wider context, and in particular with reference to history written, or portrayed, beyond academia: public history.


Do be aware that part of the contents of this course regard images and depiction of war. Real wars and real images.

Taught by

Emmett Sullivan of Royal Holloway

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Reviews

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  • Nadezhda Ryabtseva is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    I almost dropped the course after viewing the first week section. Already disappointed and discouraged, I grudgingly proceeded to view some of the other videos. I harbored the hope that at least one original thought would eventually surface. I eagerly...
  • Heather completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I was very disappointed with this course as it was not at all what I was expecting. Do not have any expectations when taking this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was more a course about the history of wars (Guernica, WW1, Iwo Jima, The Battle of Mogadishu) than a discussions of images. The best parts were the discussion about Stalins use of images and an interview with photojournalist Julio Etchard. The lecturer,...
  • Martin Waterhouse completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It was an unexpected delight and had very little to do with the actual title which sounded like it would cover multiple aspects of image fakery. Turned out to be more of a societal study of the use of fabricated images to tell a story (or sell a lie). After taking this course I found myself viewing images and even videos with a much more critical eye. I found I was able to spot the "un-naturalness" of certain presented material. A valuable lesson in reality recognition IMO! Fun course as well.
  • Bob

    Bob completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Instructor is a nut and quite weird. Don't expect too much camera action but pics & endless comments on wars. If I was not clear enough, I would NOT personally recommend it to anyone.
  • Meta Data

    Meta Data is taking this course right now.

    Enjoyable class with good pointers to interesting material - books, films, websites.

    Do recommend for those with interest in film, photography and contempary history.
  • Reynaldo

    Reynaldo is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Photography is what is least commented here. I would write a lenghty review but why should i? Some will find this useful, so take a look and drop out if you don't
  • Aana

    Aana completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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