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Law and Film: Dr Seán Patrick Donlan


To briefly explore the role of law and/in film through guided module readings, seminar-style small-group discussions, and an independent writing project.


After successfully completing this module, the students were able to:

  • Briefly identify different film (including television) forms over time (the courtroom drama, the police procedural, the western, etc)
  • Explore and examine the manner in which the law and lawyers are represented in film (including questions of gender, race, etc)
  • Critically analyse and assess this representation for accuracy
  • Evaluate the use of film for polemical or reform purposes
  • Express these outcomes in a written assignment prepared in light of class readings and discussions

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