Family Dynamics in Movies in London and Dublin

Dr. Karen Walker (More Info)

Family Dynamics in Movies in London and Dublin

Program Dates:
December 26, 2019 —January 08, 2020

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Child & Family Studies , Film and Media Studies

Course Description:
This course will explore concepts of family systems theory as applied to relationships over the lifespan with a focus on families portrayed in movies set in London, Ireland, the U.S. and in modern society. Films are a powerful medium for observing the characteristics of individuals as they participate in family dynamics. Visiting the locations from scenes in selected movies will offer opportunities to discuss how culture impacts relationships. Along with other significant sites, potential visits include The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, Kensington Gardens, Notting Hill, Limerick, St. John's Square, Kilmainham Gaol, and Trinity College.

Completion of basic writing requirement and ability to view several movies before meeting on-site.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
Social Work, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Counseling, Education… these are just some of the professions that work directly or indirectly with families. Compare family dynamics in movies set in London and Dublin to real world situations. Love, marriage, parenting, relationships - we get them right… we get them wrong. Analyzing the motives of characters in movies will help you better understand the families you will work with in your future career. Families are complex, and our changing society continues to add complications. Evaluate how families have changed over the past five decades. Uncover your own identity, and beliefs, values, attitudes, and assumptions about relationships and families.