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PHIL11-130: Philosophy and Film

Description

This subject introduces a number of central philosophical questions as they encountered in feature films, short films, and on television. In such films and television shows as The Matrix, Gattaca, The Simpsons, Total Recall, Groundhog Day, and Dr Strangelove, students will encounter and discuss issues of personal identity, the reality of the material world, the ethics of genetic engineering, the idea of virtue, and the nature of the mind.

Subject details

TypeUndergraduate
CodePHIL11-130
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2018 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2017: $4,205
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the aims and methods of philosophy.
2. Understand issues in philosophy, including philosophy of art, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and ethics.
3. Have capacity to write intelligently and engagingly about the ideas expressed in, or raised by, films.
4. Discuss philosophical ideas in a respectful and engaging manner.

Prerequisites

No prior knowledge required.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2017
Semester start15/01/2018
Subject start15/01/2018
Cancellation 1?29/01/2018
Cancellation 2?05/02/2018
Last enrolment28/01/2018
Last withdrawal?09/02/2018
Teaching census?09/02/2018