Informações sobre o curso
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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Beginner Level

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Aprox. 22 horas restantes

Sugerido: 3 hours/week
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Legendas: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


2 hours to complete


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...
7 videos (Total 40 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Use of Images7m
The Image in Politics5m
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
The Image in Politics10m
Optional Extra Information - Guernica10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 1 Quiz20m


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....
8 videos (Total 54 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
The Boer War2m
The Civil Rights Movement4m
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
The Blitz10m
Optional Extra Reading - The London Riots 201110m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz10m


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...
10 videos (Total 104 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
The Soviet Union13m
Soviet Union under Stalin7m
The Image as Propaganda16m
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
The Soviet and Stalin Lectures10m
Optional Extra Material: Films with historical themes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz30m


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....
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
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 exercises
Week 4 Quiz20m


4 hours to complete

The Power of the Image: Mount Suribachi, 1945

The photograph of the raising of the flag at Mt. Suribachi was a Pulitzer Prize winning image, and the base of the film 'The Flag of our Fathers'. We will explore the use of the still and the motion picture to influence our opinion....
11 videos (Total 99 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Background to the Battle9m
Loss of Life3m
Importance of Iwo Jima7m
Did you pose that?5m
The Photos4m
The 'Gung-Ho' Shot9m
The 7th War Bond Drive11m
The Stamp and After5m
Ending the Pacific War10m
Interview - Reflections on Iwo Jima25m
Reading8 readings
Background to the Battle10m
Loss of Life - Information10m
Importance of Iwo Jima - Information10m
The Photos and 5.6 'Did you pose that?'10m
The 'Gung-Ho' shot; and Interpretation of the Main Image - Information Reading10m
The 7th War Bond Drive - Information10m
The Stamp and After - Information10m
Ending the Pacific War - Information10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 5 Quiz30m


4 hours to complete

From Page to Screen: Film as Public History

What is 'Public History'? How do photographs and films with an historical theme shape our awareness of historical events and our memories?...
8 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Approach to study3m
Flags of Our Fathers: The Book and Film as Public History9m
Letters from Iwo Jima9m
Academic critiques5m
An Honourable Suicide8m
Interview with Julio Etchart: America's Other 9/1124m
Final Thoughts (MOOC wrap up) 5m
Reading2 readings
Week 6 reading part 1- Reading10m
Flags of Our Fathers: The Book and Film as Public History - Information10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 6 Quiz20m

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.



Dr Emmett Sullivan

Senior Tutor

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