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124262 KO Critical Media Analysis (2020S)

The Politics and Ethics of Veganism in Film

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 06.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Saturday 07.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Saturday 07.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Saturday 07.03. 14:30 - 15:30 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 20.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 20.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Saturday 21.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Saturday 21.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Saturday 21.03. 14:30 - 15:30 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This course examines sociopolitical and cultural meanings of veganism in the twenty-first century. Discussing some of the most recent theories on veganism, we will investigate how veganism challenges patriarchy and capitalism, transforming such notions as gender, body, and identity. Through the prism of bioethics, ecofeminism, posthumanism, animal rights, and environmentalism, we will explore the human-animal relationship and generally what it means to be “human.” We will examine the ways in which cinema responds to veganism through its ambiguous portrayals of the meat-eating practice. The films that we will analyze in this course – from the documentary Food, Inc. to the Netflix original movie Okja – are largely influenced by the current debates on production and consumption, but they also shape our culture, foregrounding the role of veganism in todays’ world.

Assessment and permitted materials

Requirements:
Attendance and active participation in course discussions (a maximum of two absences will be allowed); oral presentation; portfolio.

Presentation:
A presentation should last 60 minutes. Students need to get in touch with the instructor at least one week before their presentation and discuss the topic that they would like to deal with in their presentation. Your presentation should include an analysis of assigned readings, your own interpretation of the chosen film, a detailed examination of at least one scene from the film, and a task for the audience. The audience should be ready to ask questions and/or provide comments at the end of each presentation.

Portfolio:
Your portfolio should include your notes taken during the course and 2 short essays written in class.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• Active participation in class discussions (including responses to presentations): 20%
• Oral Presentation: 40%
• Portfolio: 40%
To pass the course, students must attain at least 60%

Examination topics

There will be no written exam at the end of the course.

Reading list

Students need to watch the following films:

• Babe (1995), dir. Chris Noonan
• Twilight (2008), dir. Catherine Hardwicke
• The Road (2009), dir. John Hillcoat
• Okja (2017), dir. Bong Joon-ho

Other texts (films and secondary source materials) will be available via Moodle or provided in class.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

Last modified: Su 16.02.2020 17:08