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The Role of Film in Teaching Political Science: 5 Fingers and Operation Cicero


Bostock, W, The Role of Film in Teaching Political Science: 5 Fingers and Operation Cicero, Journal of Political Science Education, 7, (4) pp. 454-463. ISSN 1551-2169 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/15512169.2011.590067


The idea that "film is an extraordinarily powerful teaching tool" (Champoux) is explored in relation to the film 5 Fingers that presents an account of the true story of the reproduction and sale of top secret documents held by the British Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey to Nazi Germany by Elyesa Bazna, code named Cicero, arguably the most successful spy of World War II. In the classroom setting, it is proposed that the film can be viewed and assessed in relation to the books Operation Cicero by Moyzich, I Was Cicero by Bazna and academic texts, such as The Cicero Spy Affair by Wires. The conclusion can be reached that the situation presented filmicly should be largely confirmed by literature and scholarly text, and, if this is done, a powerful learning situation can emerge. In the case of the Cicero affair, the initial questioning of the spy's underlying rationalities is answered with a deep and wide comprehension of motivations, a valuable technique in the teaching of political science.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cicero Affair, Elyesa Bazna, espionage, film, literature and film, teaching politics
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bostock, W (Dr William Bostock)
ID Code:74512
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2011-12-06
Last Modified:2014-12-19

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