About this Course
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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....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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2 hours to complete

Introduction

We will explore the issues associated with the use of images as a source for historical research and consider a number of examples where image manipulation has been uncovered...
Reading
7 videos (Total 40 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Use of Images7m
Manipulation2m
The Image in Politics5m
Advertising5m
Reportage (Reporting the News)4m
Optional Extra Material - other forms of images - Guernica14m
Reading8 readings
The Camera Never Lies - Course Information10m
Aims and Objectives10m
The Use of Images10m
Manipulation10m
The Image in Politics10m
Advertising10m
Reportage10m
Optional Extra Information - Guernica10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz20m
Week
2
Clock
2 hours to complete

Images and History in the Twentieth Century

We will review a number of cases studies where images have either shaped our opinion of events or have been suppressed from the public at the time, to avoid adverse or negative reaction....
Reading
8 videos (Total 54 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Hitler8m
The Boer War2m
The Civil Rights Movement4m
Vietnam7m
The Blitz part 16m
The Blitz part 29m
Optional Extra Material - The London Riots 201110m
Reading6 readings
Adolf Hitler10m
The Boer War10m
The US Civil Rights Movement10m
Vietnam10m
The Blitz10m
Optional Extra Reading - The London Riots 201110m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz10m
Week
3
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3 hours to complete

The Air-Brushing of History: Stalin and Falsification

The cause célèbre' of historical manipulation - Joseph Stalin. The 'air brushing' of historical records, and in this case the literal airbrushing of Soviet images in the 1930s and 1940s...
Reading
10 videos (Total 104 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
The Soviet Union13m
Soviet Union under Stalin7m
The Image as Propaganda16m
Falsification13m
Conclusion4m
Optional Extra Material - Films with historical themes8m
Optional Extra Material: Film - The Damned United11m
Optional Extra Material: Film - In the Name of the Father9m
Optional Extra Material: Final Thoughts11m
Reading4 readings
Introduction10m
The Soviet and Stalin Lectures10m
Falsification10m
Optional Extra Material: Films with historical themes10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz30m
Week
4
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6 hours to complete

Photojournalism, Authenticity and Matters of Public Acceptability: The Battle of Mogadishu

With respect to Reportage and the use of images as a evidential record, should we condemn Stalin in the last 20th and early 21th century? We use an example from 1993 to illustrate this point....
Reading
12 videos (Total 105 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
Death of Margaret Thatcher7m
Black Hawk Down7m
The Day of the Ranger: Aftermath7m
Black Hawk Down and 9/11 Media Reportage4m
Black Hawk Down - The Website7m
The Image17m
Interview10m
UN and the USA in Somalia: Historical Context7m
The Somalian Civil War: Historical Context8m
Optional Extra Material - Interview with Niko: Real-Time Editorial Decision – The Boston Marathon Bombing12m
Optional Extra Material - Image in the Context of Gender Studies8m
Reading11 readings
Introduction Information - Photojournalism, Authenticity and Matters of Public Acceptability: The Battle of Mogadishu10m
Death of Margaret Thatcher - Information10m
Black Hawk Down – Information10m
The Day of the Ranger: Aftermath - Information10m
Media Reportage - Images and information10m
Black Hawk Down: The Website - Information10m
The Image - Information10m
Interview - Information10m
The UN and the USA in Somalia: Historical Context10m
The Somalian Civil War: Historical Context - Information10m
Optional Extra Reading: Interview with Niko: Real-Time Editorial Decision: The Boston Marathon Bombing - Information10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By ATAug 1st 2017

This is an excellent course and I have really enjoyed it. The topics covered are diverse and the course has provided me with several areas for further independent research.

By AGJun 17th 2017

This course is very informative and structural in learning the relation of films and history.

Instructor

Dr Emmett Sullivan

Senior Tutor
History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London

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