Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1112: Philosophy of Film

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

This module is intended as an alternative introduction to philosophical thinking, adding an audio-visual dimension to more text based modules such as Introduction to Philosophical Analysis. The module prepares students for further studies at stages 2 and 3 by introducing them to various ways in which philosophical thinking can be applied productively to hypothetical and real life problems in a wide variety of contexts. The module also provides important analytical and interpretative skills essential in an increasingly visual social world.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate familiarity with a representative selection of philosophically important films and the issues they address;
2. extract abstract philosophical content from concrete narrative structures;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. analyze images and narratives with respect to their rational content;
4. talk and write about images and narratives intelligently;
Personal and Key Skills5. construct and evaluate abstract ideas; and
6. assess and criticize the views of others.