HIS 122: Back to the Middle Ages

Since its beginnings in the early 20th century, the film industry has had a great influence on how people today view the Middle Ages.

Faculty

Cecilia Tsu

Units

4

Prerequisites

None

Quarters

Summer Session 2

Description

Since its beginnings in the early 20th century, the film industry has had a great influence on how people today view the Middle Ages. This course will look at the changes over time in how certain events and historical figures depicted in film over the 20th century have shaped our understanding of the past. Helped by short readings, students will view two films about each of the following topics: the late Roman Empire; King Arthur; the Vikings; St Francis; Joan of Arc; and Henry V. Once we have discussed the history involved and the two films' different interpretations of it, student will write 3 three-page papers in response to questions about the film and receive feedback on their writing. The final exam will be an in-class essay question that asks students to reflect on the benefits and drawbacks of history in film.