Postgraduate Course: Film-Philosophy (CLLC11149)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Film-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.
This year we will ask various philosophical questions and explore how film helps us to understand them: In what ways do films act as philosophical thought experiments? How do we know what is real and who we really are? What does it mean to have a mind (or a body)? What are emotions and how does film allow us to experience them? What does it mean to take fiction seriously? How does cinema present moral and ethical problems? What sort of art is film and what are its ethical implications? We will also consider the work of some of the foundational thinkers in film-philosophy, especially Gilles Deleuze whose two Cinema books published in the 1980s are often seen as the foundation of the discipline of film-philosophy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay: 4000 Words (100%)
Formative assessment: Presentation
||Students will discuss their essay topics with the relevant lecturer and will receive written feedback on their final essay. Students will receive comments on their presentations.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- engage with major philosophical concepts as they are presented through cinema.
- apply philosophical approaches to the criticism and analysis of film.
- understand how film can be seen as philosophy.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||* Advanced skills of critical analysis
* Presentation skills
* Time management
* Cultural and philosophical awareness
|Course organiser||Dr David Sorfa
Tel: (0131 6)50 3637
|Course secretary||Mrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465