DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000575

Philosophy and Politics in Film

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Andrius Bielskis (andrius.bielskis@mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Andrius Bielskis

Department of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Class and distance learning

2 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Command of English

Interest in politics, philosophy, and film

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

This module aims to examine some of the key philosophical and political issues raised by film. Some of the issues analyzed will be: the politics of desire, globalization, the changing nature of human sexuality, consumer culture of capitalist modernity, the variety cultural forms of kitsch, the nature of altruism and sacrifice, the struggles for emancipation, and the meaning of life. This module will not be presented as a course of film criticism, although some aspects of film theory and film criticism will be used. Rather, we will approach film as a powerful media for the philosophical and political reflections on human life. The key focal points of this module will be philosophical reflection of the meaning of life and its depictions in film as well as the Aristotelian idea that human life is essentially political. A variety of philosophical theories will be studied and analyzed: Friedrich Nietzsche’s and Michel Foucualt’s genealogies, Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalysis, Theodor Adorno’s critique of the culture industry as well as thinkers such Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Žižek, Alasdair MacIntyre. Utilizing these theories and thinkers the following films will be screened and analyzed: Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Lars von Trier’s Europa, Adrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalgia, & Lukas Moodysson’s Lilia 4-Ever and others.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Critical analysis and interpretation of films

lectures, the analysis of theoretical literature, film-screening, in class discussions

from 10 to 1, 10 being the highest, 1 the lowest


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1.Politics, Philosophy and Film.

4

8

12

20

2. What is Philosophy? Screening of "Wittgenstein"

4

8

12

20

3.Conceptualizing Art, Kitsch and Ideology. (Screening of "The Century of the Self")

2

4

6

18

4.Genealogy of Popular Culture: Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault. Screening of Lilia 4-Ever.

2

4

6

18

5.Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Film. Screening of David Lynch's "Blue Velvet".

2

4

6

18

6.Politics, Desire, and Sexuality. Screening of "Last Tango in Paris"

2

4

6

18

Overall

16

32

48

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Preparation and delivery of presentations

30

during the term

1-10 The ability to think critically and provide good arguments

Examination

70

during the exam period

The ability to think critically and provide good arguments