Life as Seen on the Cinema Screen

Ref: C3677548

Exploring the ways in which cinema represents the ups and downs of life, from childhood, rites of passage and family life to great escapes, moments of crisis, restless retirement, health issues and all things in-between. Comedy to tragedy, the everyday to fantasy and adventure - cinematic portrayals of the dilemmas and preoccupations faced by individuals at particular points in life have provided us with some screen gems. Does the depiction of specific age-groups and the challenges they face change with time and differing cultures? How does the cinema portray the interactions of differing generations, will there always be fixed stereotypes? We examine a selection of films exploring the many (mis)adventures life has to offer. Suitable for beginners and returners.

Course aim

This course will give students the opportunity to explore work under the theme of life as represented within cinema, increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of cinema in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitutes a cinematic work,performance or style relating to the theme of life on screen.
  • analyse, comment on and/or review a film, a performance or production relating to the theme of life on screen.
  • apply my knowledge and experience to express my own informed opinion when commenting on a film containing a style or content relating to the theme of life on screen.
  • describe the subject area and in particular any aspects a film representing the course theme which they themselves find important.
  • discuss my motivation & enthusiasm for film and cinema in general and issues arising relating to the course theme.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A note book and pen may be useful!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Ask your tutor about a certificate of completion.

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Life as Seen on the Cinema Screen


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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