Uses of Philosophies in Film

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311UPF Z 2 2T English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course will give the student an understanding of how philosophical and intellectual ideas can be used as the basis for writing and creating films.

Mode of study

lecture, discussion

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Philosophical ideas have throughout history inspired storytellers to explore prominent intellectual questions from the very intimate ethical questions of our human experiences to complex metaphysical questions about reality itself. While some of these influences can be seen in the cultural background of the films and their maker, often the influences are much more direct and acknowledged by the creators. These ideas have not only given inspiration the to filmmakers, but have themselves been used as the very bases of stories and characters.

The purpose of the seminar is to explore how different influential philosophical ideas have been used by filmmakers in storytelling. It is not a seminar on film theory or film interpretation but rather a practical look at how the filmmakers have from the very conception of their stories used philosophical ideas in their films.

Prior knowledge of philosophy is not required.

Recommended or required reading

Falzon, Christopher: Philosophy goes to the movies: (Routledge, 2007)

Assessment methods and criteria

To receive credit for the seminar students must:

Produce a final essay (1500 words) or a short film script (5 pages)


2 hours every second week

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 241
Room No. 3

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 12:20–13:55 Priit POHJALA Room No. 3
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans