Political Science | Politics and Film
Y200 | 3549 | 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. 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. Written course requirements will include a midterm
examination, a short paper, and a final examination.
Main Written Assignments
The main written work for the course will be a midterm and final examination
and two short papers. The topic of the paper is open, but must involve some
political aspect of foreign investment. Grades for the course will depend
on grades for midterm (20%), papers (20% each), and final (40%).
The following films will be shown:
Good Morning, Vietnam
Wag the Dog
Au Revoir Les Enfants
There will be a discussion of each film in class following the screening.