Term: Summer 2011 Course No.: Political Science 497.01 Course Title: Politics and Film Instructor: John M. Parrish Course description: This course asks what a group of contemporary films have to tell us about the ethical challenges of public life. We will view together 6-8 of the following films: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, High Noon, A Man for All Seasons, Dr. Strangelove, The Candidate, Network, Norma Rae, The Russia House, Wag the Dog, Primary Colors, The Fog of War, Milk, Taxi to the Dark Side, The Most Dangerous Man in America, and Casino Jack. As we go, we will connect these stories with readings in political theory, and investigate what insight they collectively offer about our current public predicaments. Student learning outcomes: Students will learn to analyze films as literary texts that make complex claims about the character of political life. Students will also have the opportunity to draw connections between films and arguments in political theory. Prerequisites/recommended background: None Required texts: To be determined Coursework/expectations: In addition to attending the film screenings, evaluation will be based on class discussion, a midterm essay of 6-8 pages, and a final paper of 12-15 pages. Comments: If you like films, and if you like politics, this should be a fun and worthwhile learning experience.