Philosophy of filme-learning

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Using five case studies, we’ll explore how films represent what they do and how we, as viewers, engage with them. We’ll discuss issues including the role of imagination, the nature of suspense, what to do with films which don’t make sense, how representations of immorality can repel and enthral us, and some of the tricks a film can play on a viewer.

Aims of the course:

  1. To give students an understanding of key philosophical issues concerning film
  2. To enable students to develop their own philosophical ideas on the topics covered
  3. To show students how an understanding of philosophical problems can enhance everyday engagement with films

Course content overview:

This course will use five case studies to engage students in philosophical issues concerning film. The topics to be covered are: Film, Fiction and Representation; Morality, Immorality and Imagination; Understanding the Impossible; Fate and Freedom in Film, and Emotional Engagement.

Films to be discussed:

Netherland Dwarf (David Michôd, 2008)

Let The Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)

Macbeth (Roman Polanski, 1971)

Rocky (Sylvester Stallone, 1976)


Induction Week: 4-10 June 2012

Teaching Weeks: 11 June-15 July 2012

Feedback Week: 16-22 July 2012

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A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.


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Cory Saarinen
eLearning Team
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall, Madingley
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Course details

Start date

4 June 2012 (09:00)

End date

22 July 2012 (17:00)

Course code



7 weeks



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