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Postgraduate Course: Film-Philosophy (CLLC11149)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFilm-Philosophy has become one of the most important developments in contemporary film theory and uses approaches from philosophy to study film. The Film-Philosophy course gives an introduction to core philosophical concepts through film examples and also explores the possibility that films themselves have the ability to present unique philosophical thought. Philosophy here is broadly defined and includes the continental theory tradition. No background in philosophy is necessary to take this course.
Course description Indicative topics and films (subject to change):

The Turn to Philosophy in Film Theory: Philosophy Through Film and Film as Philosophy
Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kauffman, USA, 2008)

Film and Aesthetics
Marketa LazarovŠ (Frantisek Vlacil, 1967)

Film, Ethics and Morality I: Fiction
Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989)

Film, Ethics and Morality II: Documentary
The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, 2012)

Gilles Deleuze and Film Theory
Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964)

Film and Phenomenology
Blue (Derek Jarman, 1993)

The Haptic Turn in Film-Philosophy
Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, 2000)

Film and Emotion: The Paradox of Fiction
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)

Film and the Philosophy of Mind
Upstream Colour (Shane Carruth, 2013)

Film and Scepticism
Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

Film-Philosophy and Stanley Cavell: Comedy
The Awful Truth (1937)

Film-Philosophy and Stanley Cavell: Melodrama
Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper, 1942)

The Problem of Evil
The Devils (Ken Russell, 1972)

Film and Existentialism
SalÚ, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)

Philosophers on Film
Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, 2002)
Zizek! (Astra Taylor, 2005)
Examined Life (Astra Taylor, 2008)
Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001)

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 147 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay: 4000 Words (100%)

Formative assessment: Presentation
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Learning Outcomes
* Students will be aware of major philosophical concepts as they are presented through cinema.
* Students will be able to apply philosophical approaches to the criticism and analysis of film.
* Students will understand how film can be seen as philosophy.
Reading List
* Carel, Havi and Greg Tuck (2011) New Takes in Film-Philosophy. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

* Carroll, NoŽl and Jinhee Choi (eds.) (2006) Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell.

* Frampton, Daniel (2006) Filmosophy. London: Wallflower.

* Gaut, Berys (2010) A Philosophy of Cinematic Art. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

* Litch, Mary M. (2010) Philosophy Through Film. London and New York: Routledge.

* Livingston, Paisley and Carl Plantinga (2009) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film. London and New York: Routledge.

* Rowlands, Marc (2003) The Philosopher at the End of the Universe. London: Ebury Press.

* Sinnerbrink, Robert (2011) New Philosophies of Film: Thinking Images. London: Continuum.

* Smith, Murray and Thomas Wartenberg (eds.) Thinking Through Cinema: Film as Philosophy. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell.

* Wartenberg, Thomas E. (2007) Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy. London and New York: Routledge.Ņ

* Wartenberg, Thomas E. and Angela Curran (eds.) (2005) The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings. Malden, MA
and Oxford: Blackwell.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Advanced skills of critical analysis
* Presentation skills
* Time management
* Cultural and philosophical awareness
Course organiserDr David Sorfa
Course secretaryMs Ersev Ersoy
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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