Film and Television Representations of War Past and Present

Ref: C3744201

The underpinning aim of the course is to develop skills in media analysis through screenings and discussion on differing representations of war. Studying the portrayal of war is a useful focus to consider how popular film and television feed into our understanding of important issues in society. Over the five week course we will examine a range of contrasting representations of war, from early propaganda and informational films made during the World War 2 period, to more recent Hollywood blockbusters and popular television programmes such as Blackadder goes Fourth and Mash. Each week we will look at different areas of film and television analysis, including examining the role of key characters, mise en scene to explore how visual elements helps to create meaning, changing cultural references, and comedy as a form of challenge.Come along and enjoy the opportunity to develop your skills in media analysis in an informative and friendly environment.

Course aim

To introduce students to some key principles in film and television studies through a focus on film and television representations of war with a view to developing critical skills in media analysis for everyday use

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:

  • appreciate contrasting representations of war in film and television programmes
  • discuss the role of key characters in film narrative
  • discuss how the visual elements of film help to create meaning through an understanding of mise en scene
  • identify changing cultural references
  • apply more broadly the critical skills discussed on the course to everyday media output

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You may wish to bring a pen and paper for note taking

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

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Film and Television Representations of War Past and Present

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