Political Science | Politics and Film
Y200 | 3683 | Hart


This course will consider the relationships between politics and film from a
variety of perspectives. First, it will examine the political content of
films, especially films on political subjects like war and peace,
revolution, electoral politics, racism, and feminism. Course members will be
required to attend a film series connected with the course and participate
in discussions about each film. Second, it will examine the history of the
film industry, its relationship to other media, and the role of the (mainly
Hollywood-based) film industry in (mainly American) politics. Finally, the
course will consider a variety of theoretical perspectives that address the
relationship between politics and the media, and especially film.
Main Written Assignments
The main written work for the course will be a midterm and final examination
and two short papers. Grades for the course will depend on grades for
midterm (20%), papers (20% each), and final (40%).  The following books have
been ordered for purchase and will be available at the Indiana Memorial
Union bookstore and T.I.S.: Tino Balio, ed., The American Film Industry
Janet Wasko, Hollywood in the Information Age.