School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: WS-080 Semester: 6st
Course Title: Historical Film
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Special background, specialized knowledge
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 
    The seminar aims at exploring the relationship between history and optical culture focusing on historical films and documentaries. Students will get acquainted with visual representations of historical events and the language of images. They will explore the inventive nature of visual images and the way these images produce truth claims. They will delve into the relationship between cultural memory, optical culture and modern and postmodern forms of historical consciousness.

    General Competences: 

    Students will work on a well-organized reading material and classwork.
    Students will develop critical, inductive and creative competences,
    Learn to respect national and ethnic difference,
    Realize the gendered nature of historical knowledge and
    Learn to participate in free discussion.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The seminar is organized around two major fields of inquiry and research. First, there are theoretical issues involved in the study of the relationship between history and visual culture, like the nature of visual representations, their similarity and difference from other more familiar, material to historians, like the printed or written source. Also, the relationship between visual culture, cultural memory, and public history will also be explored. Second, the seminar will discuss a number of movies and documentaries related to the following themes: Antiquity, Colonialism and anti-colonial struggle, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the civil wars in Greece and Spain.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of ITC in teaching
    Use of ITC in communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 15
    Reading suggested bibliography
    And studying sources for the class on weekly basis
    Presentation in class 15
    Discussion in class 20
    Preparation for the final essay 40
    Writing the Final essay 40
    Course total: 170
    Student performance evaluation: Class presentation, discussion in class,
    Final essay
    Students are asked to make extensive use of visual sources, power point and the network.


    Suggested bibliography:

    Registered students have access to the page of the course in E-class where they find a list for suggested reading for each week as well as links to documentaries and films.