2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PHI 215 - Philosophy and Film

Description: Introduces philosophical themes through the medium of film. Includes reading classical and contemporary literature in philosophy; viewing films that portray philosophical concepts; and learning to view films through a philosophical lens. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 101A  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity; Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Methods for reading philosophy
  2. Methods for viewing film
  3. Metaphysics and the nature of reality
  4. Epistemology and the nature of knowledge
  5. Ethics and the nature of morality
  6. Aesthetics and the nature of beauty

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Explain philosophical terms and concepts. (1-6)
  2. Identify the major philosophical fields and questions, including their historical origins as they relate to issues dealing with the nature of reality, knowledge, values, and morality. (1-6)
  3. Distinguish the major philosophical positions as they have been developed in both Western and Eastern philosophical traditions. (1,3-6)
  4. Explain the impact philosophy has had on film. (1-6) 
  5. Analyze philosophical arguments to address the transference of ideas relating to the intellectual realm of the human experience. (1-6)
  6. Assess popular and personal beliefs to develop a more informed worldview, including beliefs regarding issues of diversity. (1, 2)
  7. Explain how film is a medium through which philosophy can be done. (1,2)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing, which includes a 1,500 word essay that undergoes iterations of the writing process (i.e., outline, rough draft, and etc.), using academically appropriate sources.