About this unit
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.
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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.
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.
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
- Cinematic ethics
- 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
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
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