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Postgraduate Course: Film-Philosophy (CLLC11149)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary[This course is not available as an elective and we cannot accept any auditors. The course is only open to postgraduate students registered on the MSc Film Studies]

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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the MSc in Film Studies. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only available to students on the MSc in Film Studies. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  85
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Short Essay (1000 words) worth 30%
Final Essay (3000 words) worth 70%
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. engage with major philosophical concepts as they are presented through cinema.
  2. apply philosophical approaches to the criticism and analysis of film.
  3. understand how film can be seen as philosophy.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Advanced skills of critical analysis
* Presentation skills
* Time management
* Cultural and philosophical awareness
KeywordsFP,Film,Philosophy,Cinema,Film-Philosophy,Film Theory
Course organiserDr David Sorfa
Tel: (0131 6)50 3637
Course secretaryMrs Lina Gordyshevskaya
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