STVC81 – Political Cinéma (7.5 credits). Bachelor course in Political Science. Spring term.
The course will introduce how and why ‘The Political’, institutional politics, and international politics are popularly represented and understood through the medium of cinéma. The course uses the medium of political cinéma to study central dimensions of contemporary politics: ideology, colonialism, environment, political economy, society, gender, conflict, international politics, and the state.
For each dimension political cinéma will be interrogated to understand whether films act as factually-accurate empirical representations, theoretically-revealing analogous representations, and intellectually-heuristic metaphorical representations. Using this approach, the course encourages the understanding of how films represent reality, represent theory, and represent ideas. In this respect film does not simply reflect contemporary politics but actually constructs them.