Content

This unit will explore vibrant scholarly field that emerges from interplay between cinema studies and theology. Students will gain basic tools that will enable them in further critical exploration of the links between theology and motion picture. The unit will introduce methodological issues related the field of studies, while modern films will be introduced and analyzed. The main themes that will be treated include: Faith, God, Jesus Christ, Church and Eschatology. The main question that will be raised during the unit is how movies mediate theology, particularly how modern cinematography represents and interprets Jesus Christ and his life, as well as Christ-like figures.

Unit Code: AR9200A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Religious Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Understand and explain the relationship between cinema studies and theology

2.

Analyse theological motifs of a specific film, and technical modes of their articulation

3.

Conduct an independent research project and engage critically with literature relevant to the study of interplay between theology and motion picture

4.

Critically evaluate specific films in their attempt to articulate theology

5.

Apply elements of the modern cinematography to ministry

Pedagogy

The unit will engage students in analysis and theological reflection through the presentation of lectures, readings and engaging discussion

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

Written Assessment Task Online Discussion Equivalent to 1500 words

25.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation Equivalent to 1500 words

25.0
Essay

Written Assessment Task 3000 words

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-06 12:01:12 +1100