Film & Literature: analysing modern society & the human condition

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Ever since the dawn of the modern age, human beings, and the traditional social order, have gradually metamorphosed into a coordinated mass of machine-like workers, driven by self-interest and the instant gratification of small pleasures. Global societies which often based on the modern notions of security, progress, and individualism, are now experiencing the chaotic and destructive effects.

It has led to the re-ordering of the different elements of the soul, therefore a re-ordering of society, that has not allowed deep individual authenticity and flourishing to emerge.

In this course, we will analyse the consequences using film and literature.

Eight Parts

Powerlessness And Helplessness


‘Fight Club’:
The Shattered Psyche

Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’:
Pleasure As Distraction

Batman: The Dark Night Rises:
Democratic Decay

Surveillance Capitalism

George Lucas’ ‘Thx1138’:
Social Engineering

Bradbury’s ‘fahrenheit 451’:
Destruction Of Culture

Lowry’s ‘the Giver’:
The Repression Of The Human

All of our classes are delivered in real-time.

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Teacher Bio

Zulfiqar Awan BA Hons, MA, PGCE

British lecturer, Zulfiqar Awan (BA Hons, MA, PGCE and Ph.D. candidate) has 15 years of teaching experience in the U.K and Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Awan has also worked as an independent senior lecturer in philosophy, history, and politics on behalf of the British Government. He is the founder of Humanitas LifeLong Learning, where he teaches regular evening classes and short courses directly to the public, and online to an international audience. Mr Awan currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.