Representations of the Natural World in Popular Cinema and Music

Ref: C2422531

This course examines representations of the natural world as represented in popular cinema and music, questioning in what ways these inform our environmental conscience. Particular places and physical features of our environment are explored in relation to thinking about the world as well as thinking through ecological theories. Philosophies about the natural world and our position in it are introduced and tested using examples from cinema and popular music. We will look at representations of the earth and its inhabitants that tell us something special about the state of the natural world and, importantly, our positioning and power in it. Critical reflections on the objectification and appropriation of nature are discussed through interrogating the works of directors and songwriters, in turn also questioning our role as listeners and audiences.

Course aim

This course looks at representations of the natural world, questioning whether and in what ways we can learn about and experience the environment through popular cinema and music.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Detail a range of modern and contemporary cinema and its portrayal of the natural world.
  • Detail a range of modern and contemporary music and its exploration of the natural world.
  • Discuss environmental philosophies and how they emerge in cinema and music.
  • Critically reflect on ideas surrounding the objectification and appropriation of nature.
  • Question some of the differences between cinema and music in how they portray the natural world.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

n/a

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Representations of the Natural World in Popular Cinema and Music

Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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