Politics and Film

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Politics and Film
Special Course
Course CodePOLF
Year Opened2006
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Course Description

From the CTY course catalog:

This course examines films from different cultures and traditions that explore some of the most pressing global political issues of our time. Students begin by learning the language of contemporary film criticism, including technical terms for film techniques and then progress to developing in-depth critical analyses of specific films. They then analyze key works of world cinema within the complex historical and political contexts in which they were produced.

Class History

Unlike some of the other classes at CTY Princeton, Politics and Film only has one section. Since its creation, it has been taught by Mara Drogan, and for the past two years, the TA has been Ian Howland (aka Spider-man, whose lanyard Arthur Dashan was able to acquire in 2010). The class is far more writing than you would expect based on its name. By the end of the session, you need to have a minimum two essays completed about any two of the movies that you see during the session, but it's preferred that you finish three. The movies and clips are really interesting for the most part, and you can spend lots of time on Facebook when in the computer lab instead of writing your essays. Ian is a very boss TA and gives you more break time than Mara. Overall, the class is a good one.

2012's class adopted a tradition called the Penguin Dance, drawing both the scorn and awe of the other, considerably more mediocre, classes.