Philosophy in Film (PHIL2658)


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.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week, 1x film screening/week


1x500wd Tutorial presentation (10%), 1x1500wd Take-home assignment (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points of Philosophy) or (18 Junior credit points, including ENGL1011)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.