International Relations At The Movies Essay

853 Words Sep 12th, 2016 4 Pages
In the twenty-first century, movies have become one of the, if not the, most consumed forms of art. It is safe to assume a vast majority of people actively enjoy them, or at least have a few films that entertain them. However, the value of film stretches far beyond entertainment. Rather intentionally or not, movies can be a great way to analyze the culture in which they were made. Therefore, they can provide an authentic window into another culture and even during another time. By analyzing the approach of two different articles in terms of structure, language, and reference style, the academic value of film in both of these professions becomes clear.
II. Structure Both International Relations At the Movies: Teaching and Learning about Politics through Film and Vintage Film as Primary Sources in the History Class use anecdotal evidence as the primary supplement to their ideas. This shows the natural overlap of the two different academic fields; political science and history. Due to the fact that a lot of history class can be learning about international relations and politics, there should be no surprise when both of these articles use similar styles of evidence. While there is clearly overlap in the structure, differences can be seen as early as the abstract. In the abstract of International Relations, "the article examines the strengths and weaknesses of using film in the IR classroom"(Engert, Spencer). Examining the strengths and weaknesses implies that this…

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