OLS 164 Historical Analysis through Film • 2 Cr.


View and analyze a variety of non-fiction, and historical fiction films. Emphasis on understanding film in society to reason, evaluate, connect stories to the real world, and classify them in terms of fiction, non-fiction, and historical fiction. Structured to accommodate special needs learners. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Classify films as either fiction, non-fiction, or historical fiction, and identify the film elements and characteristics supporting the classification
  • Define and describe different film genres and how they relate to communicating history in film
  • Summarize historical events in films, and discuss the interpretation of cause and effect related to these events and characters in the film
  • Research historical events and compare the historical facts to the events presented in the film
  • Develop and assess critical film reviews with an emphasis on the ability of the film to convey a sense of reality in portrayed events and times in history
  • Identify ways filmmakers communicate time and place
  • Relate the significance of historical events to contemporary issues/events