ART 250: Film and World History Since WWII

Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture

This course examines historical events, from WWII until the present, through cinema. In this course students will learn how to use films as a historical source, as well as how world events and culture have shaped the direction of cinema.


Cross-listed with HIST 250. 

Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Analyze film critically, particularly for historical and artistic content.
  2. Identify world cinema trends (i.e. Italian neo-realism, French New Wave) and their respective characteristics.
  3. Distinguish between a film's historical and fictional elements, and identify ways in which even the fictional elements may be a source of historical insight.
  4. Discuss the basic concepts and aesthetics in film as an art form.
  5. Examine a film as a historical or cultural artifact.
  6. Use film effectively as a primary and/or secondary source in the study of historical topics.