Political Science | Politics and Film
Y200 | 10187 | 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:
Peter Haas, Projecting Politics
Ernest Giglio, Here’s Looking at You