Program Details

Movies That Address Ideas About Power and Justice

Burton Atkins
Movies / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Issues concerning power and justice have appeared in great literature for centuries. Not surprisingly, then, such themes have appeared regularly in film as well. This course will use clips from a variety of movies as the basis for examining diverse issues about social and political power as well as ideas about the distribution and rendering of individual and collective justice in society. (Note that the film selection and order of presentation are subject to change)


  1. Themes About Power and Justice in Shakespeare: Julius Caesar / The Merchant of Venice
  2. Woody Allen's Vision of Crime and Punishment: Crimes and Misdemeanors / Match Point
  3. The Media and Politics: Wag the Dog / The Post
  4. Contemporary Views of the Holocaust: Sarah's Key / Denial

About the Instructor

  • Burton Atkins, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently, he teaches political science at FAU and for Penn State University. In his 35-year career at FSU, Atkins taught a variety of courses on and wrote extensively about constitutional law and U.S. politics and served as chair of the political science department. He lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the Director of FSU's London Study Center, and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006, he served as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program.

Upcoming programs presented by Burton Atkins.

TypeNumberInstructorCourse TitleAdd to Cart