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Teaching Religion and Film

Watkins, Gregory J.

Description

In a culture increasingly focused on visual media, students have learned not only to embrace multimedia presentations in the classroom, but to expect them. Such expectations are perhaps equally prevalent in a field as dynamic and cross-disciplinary as religious studies. The practice poses some difficult educational issues, but the use of movies in academic coursework has far outpaced the scholarship on teaching religion and film. What does it mean to utilize film in religious studies, and what are the best ways to do it? In this book, an interdisciplinary team of scholars think about the theoretical and pedagogical concerns involved with the intersection of film and religion in the classroom. They examine the use of film to teach specific religious traditions, religious theories, and perspectives on fundamental human values. Some instructors already teach some versions of a film and religion course, and many have integrated film as an ancillary to achieving central course goals. This collection of essays helps them understand the field better and draws the sharp distinction between merely “watching movies” in the classroom and comprehending film in an informed and critical way.

Additional Information

  • 309 Pages
  • Published: December 2008
  • ISBN: 9780195335989
  • Series: Teaching Religious Studies

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