Units of study

PHIL2658 - Philosophy in Film

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: David Macarthur


This unit will use the screening and criticism of carefully chosen classical and contemporary films to raise important philosophical questions and to contribute to our response to them. Each film screening will be paired with a key philosophical question that is explored in the film and further investigated in class: problems of freedom, human action, democracy, crime, love, otherness, marriage, conversation, selfhood, and being human. The class will also explore some central questions in the philosophy of film.


1x500wd tutorial presentation (10%), 1x1500wd take-home assignment (30%), 1x2500wd essay (50%) and tutorial participation (10%)


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week, 1x film screening/week


(12 junior credit points of Philosophy) or (18 junior credit points including ENGL1011)


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm





  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm



Lecture 1




Lecture 2

1 This class runs from Week 10 to Week 13
2 This class runs from Week 1 to Week 9

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