Science on Screen

This course will explore historic and contemporary cinematic representations of science. Focusing on the growing role that scientists play in film production, it will debate the impact of cinema on modern attitudes towards science.

Led by Dr David A. Kirby, Lecturer in Science Communication Studies at the University of Manchester.

Suitable for beginners.


£60 full / £45 concs


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thu 14 Jan

Introduction: What do we mean by “science” in cinema?

Previous experiences with science in cinema

Activity: Finding Science in Contact

thu 21 Jan 

Science and filmmaking constraints

Activity: Spot the constraint

Activity: Modifying Outbreak’s ending

thu 28 Jan 

Film Showing: Sunshine (2007)


thu 4 Feb

Cinema’s impact on science

Response to Sunshine

Activity: Acting like a scientist

thu 11 Feb 

Science, social concerns and cinema

Science in cinema, 1900-1970

Activity: Cinema/science scavenger hunt

thu 18 Feb

Film Showing: Children of Men (2006)

thu 25 Feb

Science in cinema, 1971-2010

Response to Children of Men

Activity: Science in cinema debate

thu 4 March 


Activity: Creating a science-based movie