Christmas Films

Ref: C2341752

The course will initially aim to define what constitutes a Christmas film. It will look at the origins of the genre, starting with the Hollywood films of the 1930s and '40s and will include a number that have been forgotten over the years but deserve an audience today. It will then look at more modern films from the 1980s onwards, mostly from Hollywood, many reviving Dickens' Christmas Carol, and examine how they relate to a post-war society, generally more affluent, but with new challenges, fears and aspirations. Finally it will look at Christmas-themed films from other countries, including a number from the UK, but also examining product from France, Spain, Russia and elsewhere.

Course aim

To appreciate the range of themes and approaches contained in Christmas films, and how they reflect the values, fears and aspirations of different countries and societies at various periods within the last 100 years.

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:

  • Recognise and appreciate the breadth of themes contained in Christmas films
  • Discover and list films from previous decades that deserve to be seen by a modern audience
  • Describe the similarities between our own films and those from other cultures that we might feel are alien to our own
  • Identify other Christmas films that have not been included in the course
  • Distinguish between those Christmas films that are well crafted and creative and those that cynically rely on sentimentality to gain easy exposure

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 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Christmas Films

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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