FLM285 - Film and Politics

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Subject Title
Film and Politics

Subject Description
While some films are made purely for entertainment purposes, others have a more serious side and even a political purpose.  A film is a reflection of the political, economic and social issues prevalent in society at a given time. Each one has a message that reflects and/or challenges the prevailing issues, values and beliefs.  This course will help students understand the political aspect of film.

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:

This course was designed in keeping with Seneca’s core literacies.  On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 

  1. assess the impact of political events on films and in our daily lives;
  2. apply social sciences definitions and concepts such as power, ideology and values to explain political stories commonly found in films;
  3. explain the relationship between the film media and social change;
  4. determine how filmmakers’ political ideas  and values affect the stories they tell and their storytelling;
  5. explain the historical context of a film’s storyline;
  6. and use critical thinking skills to analyze the socio-political content of films.
 

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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.