Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE An Introduction to Philosophy through Film

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will identify a number of films that highlight the questions that constitute the tradition of philosophy; in other words, it will utilize those films that engage with metaphysical, ethical, political or social questions as a backdrop for further philosophical discussion.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to offer students the opportunity to engage meaningfully and critically with the problems of philosophy ( problems of freedom, human action, democracy, otherness, religion, selfhood, and death) through the medium of film. It will teach students the requisite competence to both identity philosophical problems as well as the analytic skills that enable a deeper and more sustained engagement with them.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Engage critically with issues in philosophy, including philosophy of art, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and ethics. through the medium of film;
2. Define the practice of philosophy;
3. Develop the implications of the theses under discussion;
4. Identify alternatives to the views under discussion.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. View analytically and critically a broad selection of films in philosophy;
2. Identify and reflect upon key concepts and discussions philosophy;
3. Present coherent arguments related to the topics in philosophy;
4. Write an assignment about a specific film with a view to discussing the concepts brought out by the film.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Falzon, C. (2007) Philosophy goes to the movies : an introduction to philosophy. London: Routledge.
- Paisley, L. and Plantinga, C. Eds. (2011) The Routledge companion to philosophy and film. London: Routledge.
- Gilmoe, G. (2005) Doing philosophy at the movies. USA: State University of New York.

Supplementary Texts

- Kimberley, A and Tudico, P. Eds. (2005) Movies and the meaning of life. Illinois: Open Court Publications.
- Wartenberg, T. T(2007) Thinking on screen, Film as philosophy. London: Routledge.
- Etherinton-Wright C. and Doughtly R. Understanding Film Theory. Palgave 2011.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Presentation SEM2 No 50%

LECTURER/S Claude Mangion

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