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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 005 (GH) Philosophy, Art, and Film (3) Explores relations between images and reality, representation and culture, and beauty and politics through film, artworks, and aesthetic theories.

PHIL 005 Philosophy, Art, and Film (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

PHIL 005 provides a critical introduction to fundamental issues concerning the nature of art in general and film in particular, the nature of aesthetic experience, and the role of art and film in cultural criticism. This course has no prerequisites and assumes no background in philosophy; it would make an excellent introduction to philosophy for students interested in art, film, representation, and creativity. It includes an examination of historical and contemporary thought through films and videos, in-class presentations, readings, discussions, and student writings. These activities will allow students to gain an understanding of diverse, often competing, perspectives on basic human problems and the great influence of film and images in contemporary life. Students will examine diverse viewpoints that will allow them to understand a wide range of views and challenge them to defend their own positions. This course involves active use of writing, speaking, and group projects. It provides opportunities for gathering information, analyzing problems, synthesizing diverse perspectives, and developing one's own thought and the reasons for it by linking theory to practice.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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