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New free course about marriage and cinema starts today on Coursera

Professor Jeanine Basinger at Wesleyan University started teaching a new course on Coursera today called "Marriage and the Movies: A History." The course is free for anyone who is interested. The course looks at how films defined marriage from the silent to the modern era.

It's a five week course and in total there are 22 lectures. The course also has the student watch 10 films, those films are:

  • "Wild Orchids" (1929)
  • "Made for Each Other" (1939)
  • "The Marrying Kind" (1952)
  • "Adam's Rib" (1949)
  • "Brief Encounter" (1945)
  • "Vivacious Lady" (1938)
  • "Suspicion" (1941)
  • "Since You Went Away" (1944)
  • "Heartburn" (1986)
  • "The War of the Roses" (1989)

So the movies range from movies by Hitchock, Lean, to Cukor. The course even tells you that you don't need any background, it will appeal to all film aficionados. It's all free, and that helps to get everyone included, who is interested!

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Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. (Coursera)

The curriculum consists of 4 to 5 video lectures per week, each lecture runs between 15 to 30 mins. Short ungraded quizzes you can take after the lectures to test your knowledge. To obtain your grade and certificate at the end of course, you can take an exam basically. Also you get a chance to discuss with like-minded people on the discussions boards.

So once again the "Marriage and the Movies," course is from Wesleyan, and is taught by Jeanine Basinger. It's free and it's on Coursera. If you love movies, and learning about movies especially with a social view, then this course might be something to look into.

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