The Use of Visual Text in Teaching Political Science
Keywords:Visual Text, Film, Documentary, Teaching Political Science
The use of visual text, such as film, documentary or current affairs program, Â can play a powerful role in teaching courses where human interaction and motive are central to academic explanation. The place of three such texts, Cajun Country, Jonestown, the Life and Death of Peopleâ€™s Temple, and Frontline Diaries, Apartheidâ€™s Children in teaching a political science course, is evaluated positively.
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