The Law on Film

Ref: C2419114

An exploration of films set against the backdrop of the law in the widest sense and some of the biggest and most enduring genres in film history - from police procedurals to courtroom dramas. This 5-week course will look at some of the most acclaimed and popular legal and crime films, including those that are based on real cases and explore key social and political issues of their time as well as influential historical figures and events. They will include works like 12 Angry Men, Judgement At Nuremburg, Erin Brockovich, Bamako, Thin Blue Line, Fritz Lang's M and Quai des Orfevres.

Course aim

An exploration of films set against the backdrop of the law in the widest sense and some of the biggest and most enduring genres in film history - from police procedurals to courtroom dramas

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Participants will gain practice in film analysis, looking at and discussing films objectively
  • Participants will gain insight into the concept of genre and an introduction to a number of key genres
  • Participants will get an overview of a wide range of films from different culture

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You may find it useful to bring something to take notes. Access to the internet outside class as will be useful for further reading and viewing

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course outline

The Law on Film Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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