About the Theology and Film (2024) course
Explore how theology engages with film and television, a rapidly growing field of research in academic theology.
We will look at the history of cinema and television, and the language that has evolved alongisde these art forms, and will investigate how new ways of creating and communicating meaning have emerged through film and television. We will explore how theological themes have been addressed in films, and how Christians and Christian organisations have responded to these portrayals. Students will have the opportunity to learn about key ideas and methods in film criticism and interpretation, and will consider the claim that films and television are now taking the place of religion in many people’s lives in our cultural context.
This is a postgraduate course open to ‘auditors’ e.g. those not enrolled for academic credit.
Joining this course is an opportunity to have a study break in the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral Close, where residential participants enjoy full board, access to the library and to the pattern of liturgy at Salisbury Cathedral.
Whether it’s cultural events, sightseeing (Stonehenge is nearby for example) or shopping — there’s plenty to do if you’d like to extend your stay the weekend before and after the course. For ideas, visit Salisbury Cathedral Close attraction websites to see what’s on Sarum’s doorstep. Visit the Wiltshire Creative website to view events at nearby Salisbury Playhouse and the Salisbury Arts Centre. The Experience Salisbury website has an excellent city-wide listing of forthcoming events around the city.
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Enrolled students also may attend teaching weeks for modules in addition to the modules which they are studying for credit, by permission of the Programme Leader. The 2022 student rates for hospitality costs during a teaching week are: £250 (en-suite), £200 (standard) and £60 (non-residential), along with an educational fee of £125 per booking. The audit fee and hospitality prices are reviewed annually with any changes effective from 1 July.