REL 310.001

REL Goes to the Movies

T | 6:00-9:00

TH 116

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This is a 1 credit course (offered each semester) with monthly films and discussions, in which students learn to apply the skills necessary to understand the analysis of wider cultural practices and issues that can be carried out by a scholar of religion using social theory. The films selected are possibly known to students but likely old enough that they have not been seen or studied in any detail. Students will consider them as each works of their time, asking whether their themes and cinematic  styles stand up to a contemporary viewing or if they cannot be seen as anything but historical artifacts.

Students write brief commentaries on the films; this course is repeatable for up to 3 hours.

This course meets: Jan 17, Feb 14, Mar 7, Apr 4, Apr 25

Open to all students; RSSA members are invited to attend the films, even if unregistered and many REL lower-level classes often use this course for extra credit opportunities.

This semester’s films — all with a political theme, and seen in chronological order — will be (click the title to see a trailer of each): Citizen Kane (1941); The Manchurian Candidate (1962); All the Presidents Men (1976); Being There (1979); and Election (1999).

Russell T. McCutcheon

Still image from Citizen Kane
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