GE1118 - Philosophy Goes to the Movies

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 1: Arts and Humanities
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

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

What is power? Why do different people possess different amount of power? Is it true that racism is a means to oppress the powerless? In what ways does power exist between men and women? This course examines the philosophical issues related to power, ‘race’ and gender with the aid of a number of interesting movies. Students will be taught ways to watch the movies in a critical way by paying attention to the narrative styles and hidden assumptions behind the movies. During this process of active viewing and serious discussion, students will have a chance to develop their own views on what a just society is about and what it means to be human. At the same time, students can learn various important analytic skills and take part in rational dialogues with their fellow students.

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Continuous Assessment: 100%
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