Philosophy and Film

Course code PHIL2120Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces students to an appreciation and critical appraisal of the way in which central philosophical issues are treated in feature films and in turn illuminate the nature of film.

Not available in 2015

Objectives(1) to raise students' appreciative awareness of film as a distinctive medium for the presentation of ethical, epistemological and other central philosophical issues, and to provide a basic knowledge of the distinctive characteristics of this means of presenting philosophical issues.
(2) to impart to students the skills required for them to be able to engage in critical assessment of film presentations.
(3) to enable students to effectively communicate their understanding and appreciation and to interact effectively so as to problem solve with diverse communal groups.
(4) to provide students a critical appreciation of the larger framework of Western literary media as it has developed in relation to society.
ContentA screening and systematic study of several major films (e.g. Rashomon, Japan, focusing on the epistemological problem of point of view and the construction of objective knowledge, and the apportionment of responsibility and blame), supported by text and video commentary and supporting critical philosophical text. The detailed films, texts and study issues will vary from year to year to suit student needs and staff competencies.
Replacing Course(s)PHIL3120 Philosophy and Film
TransitionStudents who have previously completed PHIL3120 are not permitted to enrol in PHIL2120
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEither 10 units of Philosophy, English or Film,Media and Cultural courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment will normally be by 2 essays, each of 2,000-2,500 words, each worth 50%, but may be varied in composition and weight to suit the films involved. These essays will require the student to explain the central concepts, principles and arguments of the material studied, and to analyse the films, guided by the assigned readings and seminar discussions. The latter provides continual assessment and feedback on individual student ability to properly engage the subject matter.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term