The Gospel and Film

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 743

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit offers a critical introduction to contemporary film studies. It examines and evaluates different ways in which theologians are seeking to understand films both as revelatory and as objects for Christian critique and engagement. It provides an opportunity to examine selected films in depth with a view to exploring their potential in the engagement with theology and the gospel. There is a critical discussion of the way in which film may inform the art of Christian communication and an exploration of practical ways in which films or extracts from them may be incorporated in Christian communication.

Aims

To examine the potential of ‘reading’ films for understanding contemporary culture, shedding light on theological themes and relating the gospel to the contemporary world.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • assess trends in current film studies
  • critically discuss specific films with regard to narrative, themes and cinematic technique
Intellectual skills
  • evaluate the importance of film as a reflection of contemporary culture
  • use skills of cultural criticism with sensitivity
  • critique different ways of connecting film studies with theology and the gospel
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • appraise what Christian communicators may be able to learn from film-makers
  • propose creative ways of incorporating film into the communication of the gospel
  • relate film and faith with integrity and intelligence

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
    Summative:
    • A written assignment

    6000 words

    100%
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    The Gospel and Film

    MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
    Course Unit 743

    Credits:

    30

    Level:

    7

    Hours of Learning:

    300

    Tutor:

    Professor John W. Drane

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