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Semester 1 - Online
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This subject is based on cultural studies concepts and theories to explore the discipline of engineering linked to film art. There will be weekly film screenings that include mainstream productions, art cinema and documentaries that guides class discussions on critical moments, ground-breaking innovations and important personalities in the field of engineering. We will focus on questions such as: How did films shape the idea of what engineering is, assist in creating awareness for (female) engineers, evoke controversy and stimulate debate? Which ethical questions are aligned to scientific and technological progress and how do films from different historical eras and different parts of the world deal with them? What are current challenges for the field? Film and Engineering at the Crossroads gives you the chance to reflect and rethink your own responsibilities and potentials as engineer in our current social, cultural and political environment.
- The Artist-Engineer and the Power of Integrative Thinking
- The Public Perception of the Engineer: Obsession with Precision and Control?
- Gender and Engineering: Machinery of Dominance
- The British in India: Engineering as Colonial Practice
- Engineering in the Age of Modernisation and the Birth of the Moving Image
- Engineering and Warfare
- The Cold War Space Race
- Scepticism of Progress and the Sci-Fi Genre
- Digital Cinema: Filmmaking is Engineering
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Identify theories in social science and cultural studies and locate their relevance, impact and relation to the field of engineering
- critically approach film as artwork and analyse its narrative and aesthetic features
- analyse the social, political and cultural environment in which the engineer and engineering operates
- discuss the achievements of important engineers and their portrayal in documentaries and feature films
- reflect on the role, responsibilities and potentials of the engineer as part of the wider community
- Develop public speaking skills
- Possess skills of critical thinking and analysis
- Develop research and writing skills
Last updated: 11 February 2021