FLM210 - Ten Films that Changed the World

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Subject Title
Ten Films that Changed the World

Subject Description
How do we begin to understand the monumental global issues that are pushing us to the brink of destruction? How can we gain insights that will help us find the tools to change the path our planet is on? FILM! Hollywood mainstream film to be exact! While many are quick to brush off Hollywood movies as fluffy and inconsequential, meant to entertain not educate, this is not always the case. Many Hollywood filmmakers have had the courage and creativity to tack important global political, economic and social issues, including Political Corruption, Human Rights Abuses, Environmental Disasters and Poverty, in order to shed light and bring understanding to North American audiences. Movies are often a person's first exposure to a specific issue, and they help to shape public opinion, which in turn leads to slow but sometimes very real societal change. This semester we will examine, through film, some of the most important global issues facing the world today and how Hollywood filmmakers have helped encourage and enhance our understanding.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. define concepts such as global issues, political corruption, consumption and consumerism, media bias, geopolitical issues, human rights abuses and societal change, and learn to use these concepts to analyze and interpret films;
  2. explain the relationship between the film media, the audience and social change;
  3. examine filmmakers political ideologies and their significance and impact on the film media;
  4. communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience;
  5. respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication;
  6. show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems and contribution of others;
  7. manage the use of time and resources to complete projects.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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