Presentation on theme: "Film as a Classroom Supplement to Cultural Learning Charles Rarick Andreas School of Business Barry University."— Presentation transcript:
Film as a Classroom Supplement to Cultural Learning Charles Rarick Andreas School of Business Barry University
films tell stories about people, their hopes, dreams, challenges, and fears, how they relate to others, and what behaviors are socially acceptable Mallinger and Rossy (2007) Journal of Management Education 27(5), p. 608.
Why Use Film? Familiar and enjoyable learning methodology for students Provides a degree of richness to course content Helps explore complexities and dynamics of culture Encourages critical thinking skills
The Course MBA course titled Cross-Cultural Management Elective course in the MBA program Course involves lecture, case study, research writing, in addition to film analysis Film component comprises 15% of the total course grade Students are required to watch the films and answer an essay question relating to each film
The Films Beijing Bicycle – China Monsoon Wedding – India City of God – Brazil These full-length films are selected due to the importance of the countries, as well as the richness of those countrys cultures
Beijing Bicycle A film about a young man from the countryside who gains employment as a bicycle courier in Beijing. Used early in the course to reinforce cultural models
Beijing Bicycle Question Using material learned thus far in the course concerning cultural models, cite examples from the film that manifest different aspects of Chinese culture. If you find inconsistencies between what you have studied and what you see in the film, also discuss these issues.
Monsoon Wedding Film involves preparation for an Indian wedding Used midway through the course to discuss conflict, communication, and social stratification
Monsoon Wedding Question From your understanding of Indian culture, comment on the cultural issues concerning family communication, conflict, and traditional versus modern values. If you find inconsistencies between the film and your understanding of Indian culture, comment on those inconsistencies.
City of God Film depicts life in a Brazilian favela (slum) Used later in the course to discuss different orientations towards ethical behavior
City of God Question Select a character in the film and assess his/her level of moral development using the Kohlberg model. Also explain how perceptions of ethical behavior may be culture-bound.
The use of foreign films can supplement traditional approaches to teaching about cultural differences. Film can reinforce course content, and cause students to think more deeply about culture