Learn the Philosophy of films with this online course

Online course on Philosophy of films

Using five case studies the course will explore how films represent what they do and how people, as viewers, engage with them. Course will discuss issues including the role of imagination, the nature of suspense, what to do with films which don't make sense, how representations of immorality can repel and enthral us, and some of the tricks a film can play on the viewer.


Aims of the course:

  • To give students an understanding of key philosophical issues concerning film
  • To enable students to develop their own philosophical ideas on the topics covered
  • To show students how an understanding of philosophical problems can enhance everyday engagement with films

Course content:

This course will use five case studies to engage students in philosophical issues concerning film. The topics to be covered are: Film, Fiction and Representation; Morality, Immorality and Imagination; Understanding the Impossible; Fate and Freedom in Film, and Emotional Engagement.

Films to be discussed:

  • Netherland Dwarf (David Michod, 2008)
  • Let The Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
  • Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
  • Macbeth (Roman Polanski, 1971)
  • Rocky (Sylvester Stallone, 1976)


7 weeks

Course fee:


Important dates:

  • Induction Week: 2-8 June 2014
  • Teaching Weeks: 9 June-13 July 2014
  • Feedback Week: 14-20 July 2014

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