HGS 340


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 30 September 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Film Studies, Larry Benaquist, lbenaqui@keene.edu Holocaust Studies, Paul Vincent, pvincent@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: L. Benaquist, lbenaqui@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: HGS 340 Film and the Holocaust PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines various filmic approaches taken to represent the attempt to destroy European Jewry in the first half of the twentieth century. Documentary and narrative film are examined, together with the cultures and time periods within which the films were produced. Ethical issues will be considered alongside cultural and formal concerns. Prerequisites: IHHGS252/IHHIST 252 or permission of instructor. Spring, even years. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate: • greater awareness of relevant ethical issues as they are linked with aesthetics; • an understanding of how issues of representation are shaped by the unique time and culture of a film's production; • an awareness of the difference between narrative representation and documentation; • recognition of the changing methods of representation of images of the Holocaust; HGS 352/FILM 352 Updated 18 April 2008 2 • enhanced ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively, about the linkage between film and the Holocaust. RATIONALE: This course has been offered for several years under the Film Genres and Directors (FILM 352) rubric. It will now be listing as a separate Holocaust and Genocide Studies offering. It is not possible to understand an event such as the Holocaust without carefully examining the representation of the event in film. In some ways, filmic representation played a major role in the unfolding of the Holocaust. Only through understanding the various methodologies employed in the creation, use, and abuse of this medium can we control its influence over us. RESOURCES: The films and books of the Cohen Center and the film collection of the Film Studies Department are sufficient to meet the resource needs of this offering. These will be supplemented by various screenings sponsored by the Keene State College Film Society. Faculty are currently available to offer this course. COSPONSORSHIP/ADVISORY OPINIONS: Film Studies: Date_30 September 2008_ For:____5_______ Against:____0_____ Abstain:____0_____ Absent:___0_______ Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____


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HGS 340