BA Spanish and Chinese

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Visual Cultures in China and East Asia

Unit code CHIN22521
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course examines various aspects of contemporary cinema from China and East Asia, with consideration also given to overseas communities. Thematically structured, the module addresses four main concerns:

(1) the influence of aesthetic traditions on contemporary cinematic production;
(2) the role(s) filmmakers play in reflecting upon national/transnational socio-political issues;
(3) the phenomenon of global new-wave cinema and its legacy; and
(4) the increasing impact urbanization has had on the socio-politico-artistic life-worlds across the continent. The audiovisuality of course materials is stressed and extended periods of time will be devoted to considering specific filmmakers and their representative works. The ultimate aim is to provide students a broad introduction to the lively artistic communities in China and East Asia and to critically consider how these communities present themselves and explore what it means to be a contemporary Chinese or East Asian filmmaker in a globalized world.

Aims

This course aims to:

  • familiarise students with crucial texts in contemporary Chinese and East Asian cinema from the early 1980s to today;
  • cultivate students’ skills of close reading and audiovisual analysis;
  • develop students’ ability to analyse texts of Chinese and East Asian cinema through English translation in conjunction with knowledge about the historical contexts in which they were produced; and
  • develop students’ critical skills in reading, thinking, writing, and presenting.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • better understand the complex habitus many contemporary Chinese and East Asian filmmakers find themselves in and to appreciate how they socially manoeuvre within and against these confines;
  • demonstrate an ability to critically engage with the themes discussed in the module; and
  • be more aware of the interconnectedness of art and culture and the position(s) they hold in contemporary societies.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • think critically and engage in well-informed discussions;
  • critically engage with a variety of secondary literature from across different disciplines;
  • construct coherent, persuasive, and well-supported arguments in writing; and
  • process and understand complicated concepts in the field of Chinese and East Asian contemporary cinema.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • prepare audio-visual presentations;
  • manage time and work to deadlines;
  • apply critical reading skills;
  • assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others; and
  • present information, ideas and arguments, orally and in writing, with due regard to the target audience; and
  • demonstrate skills of analysis

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • prepare audio-visual presentations;
  • express themselves with confidence;
  • manage time and work to deadlines;
  • apply critical reading skills;
  • assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others;
  • present information, ideas and arguments, orally and in writing, with due regard to the target audience; and
  • demonstrate skills of analysis 

Employability skills

Other
By the end of this course, students will be able to: ¿ think and argue critically and coherently; ¿ work well independently and in groups; ¿ present information in a convincing and accessible manner; and ¿ write clearly and effectively in English.

Assessment methods

Attendance and Participation - 20%

Seminar Presentation - 20%

Final Essay - 60%

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Oral feedback on participation and presentation

Summative

Written feedback on final essay

Summative

Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hour or by making an appointment)

Formative

 

Recommended reading

All assigned books, book chapters, and journal articles will be available through Blackboard and the library portal.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 22
Tutorials 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 145

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Pao-Chen Tang Unit coordinator

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