May 22, 2019  
2015-2016 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
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PSCI 421 - Politics and Film

(3cr) This course examines the role of how American politics is viewed through fictional portrayals as well as the burgeoning documentary genre. For decades now, Hollywood has increasingly relied on Washington DC and the political scene for movie fodder. In this vein, it is important to clarify this relationship and to better understand how movies help us relate to ourselves as citizens, to politics, political actors, and key issues. We will touch on a number of relevant topics including, but not limited to: how these films portray the need for government, how films illustrate key political institutions, and how the various governmental branches shape policymaking and politics. We will rely on both written materials and movies over the past few decades to answer these questions. Prerequisites: PSCI 100  or PSCI 101 , or permission of instructor.



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