HIST 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 ART 250.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring (once every 3 semesters)
Diversification: Humanities — DH
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Examine a film as a historical or cultural artifact.
  2. Use film effectively as a primary and/or secondary source in the study of historical topics
  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. Identify world cinema trends (i.e. Italian neo-realism, French New Wave) and their respective characteristics.
  5. Discuss the basic concepts and aesthetics in film as an art form.
  6. Analyze film critically, particularly for historical and artistic content.