Political Science | Politics and Film
Y200 | 3707 | 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 film.

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%), two papers (20% each), and final (40%).

Required readings include:
Aida Hozic, Hollyworld
Ernest Giglio, Here’s Looking at You