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Theology and Film

  • Course Dates: Mon 5 March 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 March 2018, 2:00 pm

This module explores the growing field of theology and film.

Students will become conversant in the language and history of cinema, noting specifically the unique ways in which film uses technology, editing, framing, and sound to convey meaning. After a brief introduction to film studies, students will then explore the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches.

We will spend time looking at and studying selected films (The Railway Man, The Tango Lesson and Chinatown), allowing students to develop the critical skills helpful for film interpretation and explore possible theological approaches to film criticism.

Students will investigate the claims that contemporary film provides an alternative site or location for religion in the context of modern consumer societies.

Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.

Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries
rnicklen@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details

Mon 5 March 2018, 2:00 pm
Thu 8 March 2018, 2:00 pm
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Colin Greene is the Coordinator for the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture and Programme Leader for the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture. His interests include biblical hermeneutics and the intersection of theology and contemporary culture. Beth Dodd is Director of Online Learning for the Centre for Formation in Ministry. She teaches doctrine, church history and theology, arts and culture, and published on theology and literature. Jolyon Mitchell is Professor of Communication, Arts and Religion at Edinburgh University. His work has focused on peace building, violence and arts in warfare.
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£350 non-residential; £510 residential