Sociology Through Cinema

Course Code: 
SOC 2500
Jeffrey Olick

This course will explore the relationship between sociology and cinema.  This has at least three aspects.  First, cinema can provide dramatic visualizations of themes central to sociological analysis: Carefully selected films richly illustrative of sociological themes can help to bring sociological concepts and theories to life in a particularly vivid way.  Second, as a form of exposition, film itself can be a form of sociology, providing nuance and narrative description that are sometimes difficult to capture in analytical texts.  And third, film is a powerful social force in its own right, both reflective of social trends as well as framing them.  This course thus aims to appreciate the synergies between sociology and cinema, to understand the role of cinema in social life, as well as to use cinema as a way of bringing to life and fleshing out sociological themes.