Understanding the 20th Century through Film

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCHC1077 AF (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

As the 20th century is the century of media technology and representation, cinema comes forward as the pivotal institution. The course aims to demonstrate and illustrate major events of the period with a special focus on aesthetics, narrative structure and spectacle. The birth of cinema in 1895 affords a pictorial – and later audiovisual – representation of key developments in every society: urbanization, technology, globalization of warfare and socioeconomic transformation. It also comes to play a crucial role in modernization and circulation of contemporary trends and norms. At the same time, cinema itself evolves into an institutional, industrialized force that later gives rise to television, the internet and other postmodern forms of infotainment. Films thus can be framed as devices for visualizing and imagining the 20th century.

What do the students say about this course?

We can watch non-commercial movies in every lessons. There are 3 quizzes and 3 papers. The workload is heavy but the good thing is that you can watch movies during the lessons.

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.