This online unit, offered by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, delves into the complex layers of cinema and philosophy, asking how moving image has come to best represent the human psyche and experience over time. You’ll learn about, and learn to apply, several philosophical theories and ideas throughout the duration of the unit, including cognitivism and phenomenology.
Moving away from the idea of simply applying these ideas to films, you’ll examine the ways in which film represents our subjective experience through our reaction as viewers to what is occurring on the screen in front of us. Gilles Deleuze and Stanley Cavell’s respective philosophies of film are both covered in-depth in relation to this.
As part of the unit, you will undertake three case studies, looking at Hollywood films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fight Club and the New World.
Please note that the Film and Philosophy unit contains mature content, including adult themes and language, drug use, nudity, scenes of a sexual nature and violence, and may not be suitable if you are offended by such content.
Anyone can apply, although you must have completed some studies at level 1 and 2. Prior study of philosophy is also recommended.
Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.
Areas of study
In this Film and Philosophy unit, the topics you will study include:
What is philosophy of film/film-philosophy?
Ontologies of the moving image
Understanding film narrative
Cognitivism goes to the movies
Affect and emotion in cinema
Gilles Deleuze's philosophy of film
Stanley Cavell's philosophy of film
Film as philosophy: pro and contra
Film Philosophy case study (1): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Film Philosophy case study (2): Fight Club
Film Philosophy case study (3): The New World
This unit is an elective requirement in the following courses:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will enhance your ability to critically analyse texts and sources, a skill that will prove vital should you decide to continue studies in the area of film, philosophy or, indeed, any other humanities subject. The application of theory and abstract constructs will enable you to develop a deeper level of thinking; something that could prove beneficial in future education, and indeed, further down the line when it comes to employment.
In terms of specific employment, this unit could prove vital for anyone looking to become a film critic or a modern philosopher. However, these are fairly niche lines of work, and the unit will also complement more conventional roles, such as in the world of media.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Film and Philosophy from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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