Learning About Films 2

Ref: C3672176

In what would have been Ingmar Bergman’s centenary year we will be assessing a number of Scandinavian comedies made by him and other directors; reflecting on great British films; looking at ground-breaking musicals (Busby Berkley, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Jerome Robbins, Jacques Demy, Baz Luhrmann etc.) and critiquing the output of controversial director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Hidden etc.). We will also discuss each session a film recently shown on television.

Course aim

To deepen understanding and appreciation of film by examining specific topics thus being more able to learn from one another, develop critical faculties and articulate their viewpoints to others.

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:

  • have greater understanding of Scandinavia and its cultural contributions
  • identify and assess a number of British films which may merit being described as "great"
  • state why certain musicals are "ground-breaking"
  • discuss the preoccupations of film director Michael Haneke
  • critique films set for homework

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Access to a television set and recording device. Notebook and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Learning About Films 2

Conditions

You can 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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