In a number of classic and contemporary films, philosophical and religious themes such as sacrifice, forgiveness, redemption and apocalypse have been explored with great care and depth. So too, certain films and filmmakers have explicitly drawn upon religious myth and imagery in order to evoke notions of the sacred and transcendent within their own cinematic narratives. This course will explore a sampling of global cinema in order to help students to begin to interpret their visual styles, narrative constructions, historical contexts, and salient themes.
Not currently offered.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Evaluate a number of cinematic techniques for conveying religious ideas and practices;
2. Analyse the historical and contextual factors that influence particular religious representations in different films;
3. Apply methods relevant to the academic study of religion;
4. Employ writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to the study of philosophy and religion.
The course explores the complex visibility of religion in films such as: Of Gods and Men (2010); Agora (2009); Wonder Woman (2017); The Life of Brian (1979); Groundhog Day (1993); A Serious Man (2009); Doubt (2008); Leviathan (2014); The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928); Silence (2016); and, Into Great Silence (2005).
Written Assignment: Film review (30%)
Essay: Research essay (40%)
Quiz: Online quizzes (30%)