This unit provides an opportunity for students to explore philosophical, theological, and biblical issues, as well as aspects of spirituality and cultural hermeneutics through exposure to the medium of film. The course will introduce some of the key tools appropriate to the interpretation of visual representation, drawing on insights from film studies. Five ‘core’ films will be watched and be the basis for seminar reflection and further reading. Students will be prepared to engage in their own independent research on film(s) of their choice. As well as providing a general framework for interpreting the relationship between Christian faith and film, students will be encouraged to develop a more in depth understanding of either the religious, theological, biblical, pastoral, spiritual or missiological aspects of film as a specific manifestation of the visual arts.

Unit code: BS9080P (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Provide a critical review of the key elements of film analysis in relation to selected examples of contemporary filmmaking


Identify and reflect upon the explicit and implicit presence of biblical and theological themes, motifs, allusions, and treatments in at least two examples of contemporary film making


Integrate their prior theological learning into the study of film, and articulate the nature of this integration explicitly in both oral and written environments


Develop independent research and critical theological reflection on a selected film

Unit sequence

At least 60 points of elective units (i.e. 4 units)


Introductory lectures; worked examples; seminar discussion; seminar presentation


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Critical Review

Critical analysis of film from ‘core list’ drawing on insights of film studies and identifying key biblical/theological/spiritual themes. (3000 words)

0 50.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar presentation on a chosen film, or group of films based on independent research. (3000 words / 45 minutes seminar presentation)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-25 11:57:46 +1100