Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Films in Class?
I was just talking to a colleague who tends to show a lot of films to his philosophy classes. I guess this would be appropriate were one teaching a course in aesthetics or philosophy of film. But I've never really understood the point otherwise. In fact, showing films just strikes me as a waste of everyone's time. At worst, it's a way for professors to eat up class time. Does anyone out there have a good defense of the pedagogical value of showing classes (again, other than classes about film) films? What can showing a film achieve that couldn't be achieved with a good lecture or class discussion?