Feature Films as Pedagogy in Higher Education: A Case Study of Christ University, Bengaluru

Feature Films as Pedagogy in Higher Education: A Case Study of Christ University, Bengaluru

Aasita Bali, Anil Joseph Pinto
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4059-5.ch010
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Contemporary education system in India was initiated by the British for the maintenance of their imperial administration. After India became an independent country, conscious efforts were made to overhaul the educational system to produce proper administrators and contributors for Indian polity, economy and culture. To assess dynamics of Indian education, various committees and commissions were formed. It also meant change in education programs, curricula and syllabi to meet national needs and global challenges. Most universities in India have limited infrastructure, thus the role of private or deemed to be university becomes crucial. Christ University attending to the social structure, internationalization and employability demands, offers a number of quality educational programs to ensure employable graduates. This has led the way in devising pedagogy and curricula to align with the global higher education practices. Here we discuss the use of commercial feature film as a pedagogical tool in the classrooms within the Deanery of Humanities and Social Sciences and its implication.
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Need For Innovation In Formal Education

After independence, country gained momentum in terms of industrial development and overall economy. According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development there has been an increase of 18 times from 27 in 1950 to 504 in 2009 in the number of institutions providing higher education (Department of Higher Education, 2012). Still there exists a gap between the availability and accessibility to higher education by a large segment of population.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Pedagogy: Pedagogy means the profession or theory of teaching.

Feature Film: Film that runs for 40 minutes or longer.

Bengaluru: Also known as Bangalore, it is one of the information technology hub in southern part of India.

Commercial Feature Films: Those films which have been released in theatre and ticketed.

Bollywood: Popular Hindi language films produced in Mumbai/Bombay.

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