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IPLS 492-0 : Special Topics in Liberal Studies -- At the Movies: Cinema, History, and U.S. Social Values


Since the early twentieth century, motion pictures have constituted the most popular and pervasive form of entertainment for the US general public. Forceful arguments are made from many quarters as to whether, or how, movies influence the formation of personal and social values and shape public thinking about social and political issues. In this course, we will examine the history of film making; enter the debate about the influence of movies by viewing and examining a variety of popular, iconic films, to develop the ability to discern the messages imbedded in them; reflect upon the interface of these movies with the issues of their day; discover ways that films can be useful, important resources for moral/ethical development and for engaging the issues of our times. (This course may count towards the American Studies, History, Religious and Ethical Studies, or Interdisciplinary Studies specializations in the master of arts in liberal studies program. This course may count towards the Film, Literature and Visual Culture or Interdisciplinary Studies specializations in the master of arts in literature program. It may also count as a literature requirement or elective in the creative writing program. Additionally, this course may count towards certain certificates of graduate studies.)

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