Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Critically engage with film as a dynamic tool for theological reflection and social commentary.
- Articulate how films offer expression both to their personal and communal faith and identity.
- Explain the concept of visual culture and the cultural sources which shape the place of film in their contemporary context.
- Identify Biblical and theological motifs which inform their encounter with works of art.
- Critical review (1,250 words) (20%)
- Written assessment (1,250 words) (30%)
- Essay (2,500 words) (50%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Baugh, L. Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ – Figures in Film. Lanham: Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield, 1997
- Horner, Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer. Wheaton: IL, Crossway, 2010
- Johnson, R K. Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Second Edition. Grand Rapids: MI, Baker, 2006.
- Johnson, R K. Reframing Theology and Film. Grand Rapids: MI, Baker, 2007.
- Miles, M. Seeing and Believing: Religion and Values in the Movies. Boston: MA, Beacon, 1996.
- Morgan, D. The Sacred Gaze: religious visual culture in theory and practice (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005)
- Morrison, M. Supergods. New York: Random House, 2012
- Plate, S Brent (ed) Religion, Art and Visual Culture – a Cross Cultural Reader (Palgrave, New York 2002)
- Williams, R. Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love. London: UK, Bloomsbury, 2006.