SS1611 - Movies and Psychology

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Applied Social Sciences
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Exclusive Courses:
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2017/18, Semester B 2017/18
Semester A 2018/19 (Tentative), Semester B 2018/19 (Tentative), Summer 2019 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

We laugh, cry, experience fear, feel surprise, and learn something at times when we watch a movie. Some movies are more memorable for us than the others, and some have changed us (either explicitly or subtly) in our personal growth. The aim of this course is to explore and understand movies and movie-watching experiences from a psychological perspective. This course will guide students to acquire and apply psychological knowledge in interpreting movies and their psychological impacts on the audience.

Apart from lectures, selected scenes from representative movies will be shown in class to facilitate students’ learning of the subject matter. In addition, students will form groups to discuss and present their findings during in-class discussions. By the end of this course, each student will create a “Story Book” to apply the psychological knowledge acquired to interpret his/her most favourite movie and personal experience associated with that movie.

This course aims to expose students to a critical yet often neglected area regarding the impact of movies on lives and to raise their awareness of how movies can affect both personal development and interpersonal relationship. It will introduce students to a wide spectrum of psychological knowledge and theories applicable in analysing how movies reflect and change human’s thinking, feeling, and behaviours. Furthermore, this course will lead students to develop a deeper understanding of how movie and human interact, and guide them to seek and discover the influence of movies on their personal growth.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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