Work, Play & Adulthood In Amer Movies

FLM4610 Work, Play and Adulthood in American Movies
4 Advanced Liberal Arts Credits
What constitutes the good life? How do we define success? What happens when individuals' definitions of success collide with broad-based cultural assumptions about achievement and happiness? What are the markers of adulthood? What's gained and what's lost once childhood and adolescence end? From the silent film era to the present, American movies have examined such questions along with our collective attitudes toward work, leisure, and pleasure. In this film history course, we will view movies from across the decades and read works of social theory, history and philosophy in an effort to understand how popular culture narratives have framed -- and sometimes challenged -- those attitudes. The course will be run as a seminar with students responsible for preparing and leading class discussion each week. Coursework will include weekly reading and film viewing, oral presentations, papers and tests.

Prerequisites: 3 Intermediate liberal arts courses (CVA, LVA, HSS, CSP, LTA in any combination)

  • Program: Undergraduate
  • Division: Arts and Humanities
  • Level: Advanced Liberal Arts 4600 Requirement (UGrad),Advanced Elective (UGrad),Advanced Liberal Arts (UGrad)
  • Course Number: FLM4610
  • Number of Credits: 4