OLS 163 Critical Thinking through Film • 2 Cr.


View and analyze a variety of fiction, non-fiction, and historical fiction films. Decode character, plot, organization, ideas, themes, imagery, cultural influences, and symbolism. Interpret implied meanings from a film and connect them with other films, stories, or events. Structured to accommodate special needs learners. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program. Course is graded Credit/No Credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the elements of film
  • Summarize the plot in the film
  • Compare and contrast similar themes and messages in films
  • Compare a situation that correlates with a film and a personal life experience
  • Discuss the theme of a film using evidence from the film
  • Compare opinions of others related to controversial film messages
  • Identify and discuss examples from the film that support one's personal point of view
  • Describe the similarities and differences of the films viewed during this course