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BA Film Studies and East Asian Studies / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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The Joint Honours in Film Studies provides you with a thorough grounding in film theory and history, as well as the opportunity to develop specialist areas of interest alongside your education in East Asian culture and history.
- You will expand your experience of film through taught units and screenings that focus on both classical and contemporary films, covering a wide range of film cultures from around the world.
- You will study mainstream and non-mainstream films in order to broaden your understanding of the history of film, as well as the debates and issues that are informing and generated by current practice in film and shaping its future.
- As you enhance your skills of close analysis, you will also develop an understanding of how film engages with socio-cultural and political concerns, placing the films you study in their historical context as well as thinking about current debates and future challenges for cinema as a medium.
- The course emphasises historical and theoretical approaches to studying film rather than practical production.
East Asian Studies
- You will gain a critical appreciation of the complex contemporary realities in East Asian countries, as well as the changing position of these countries in an ever-changing international context.
- You will gain the knowledge and critical tools needed to understand East Asia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as an appreciation of the major historical events and social movements that have made East Asian countries what they are today.
- You will study East Asia both as an economically connected region with overlapping histories, languages and cultural identities and as a diverse group of countries and peoples with divergent political systems and contemporary cultures.
- By the end of your degree, you will possess the socio-cultural understanding and analytical skills needed to embark upon more long-term professional or academic engagements with the East Asian region and will have acquired a more international perspective on the world as it stands today and as it has developed over the course of history.
- You will have the option of learning some Chinese, Japanese or Korean language as part of your studies, although East Asian Studies is not a language-intensive degree programme.
Apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year in your third year of study, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals, and build your external networks.
Join The University of Manchester Filmmaking Society, which exists to provide a platform for aspiring filmmakers attending the university to meet, exchange ideas and create their own cinematic productions.
Join The University of Manchester Drama Society, which is for anyone with an interest in drama, be that acting, directing, writing, filmmaking, costume, set building, stage managing or just watching. One of the largest in the Student Union, the society has links with many of Manchester's award-winning theatrical venues, including the Contact Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre. Each summer the society showcases at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Japan Society North West and Manchester University Chinese Students Society hold an exciting calendar of cultural events, including annual Japan Day and Chinese New Year celebrations.
Teaching and learning
You will learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical group projects.
There's emphasis on attending film screenings, which are compulsory and designed to enable you to better understand the distinctive qualities of film as a medium.
There's also emphasis on close analysis which is designed to enable you to learn to interpret films and their discursive surround, including relevant paratexts (eg promotional material such as trailers and posters).
You will spend approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.
For every hour spent at university, you will be expected to complete a further two to three hours of independent study.
You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed in various ways, including:
- written and oral examinations;
- coursework essays;
- research reports;
- practical tests;
- learning logs;
- web contributions;
- small-scale practical assignments;
- seminar presentations and participation;
- library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection.
Many course units are assessed through a mixture of techniques.
In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation.
Course content for year 1
In Year 1, you will take three compulsory course units that establish the conceptual building blocks of studying film before progressing into the various new wave movements and contemporary cinema.
The Art of Film covers the core concepts and terminology in studying film. The unit addresses the distinctive properties of film as a medium and engages with debates about film's status as an art. Introduction to Early Film Histories covers the origins of cinema up to the 1950s. Introduction to World Cinema covers a range of film cultures from different countries with an initial emphasis on the various new wave movements, which began to emerge around the world in the 1950s and 1960s, addressing significant post-Second World War developments in the cinema of countries such as France and Japan.
This is alongside the core and optional East Asian Studies course units, enriching your cultural awareness.
Course units for year 1
|Introduction to Chinese Studies||CHIN10050||20||Mandatory|
|The Art of Film||DRAM10031||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Early Film Histories||DRAM13331||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Japanese Studies||JAPA10030||20||Mandatory|
|Empire and Culture in East Asia||JAPA13222||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to World Cinema||SALC11002||20||Mandatory|
Course content for year 2
Course units for year 2
|Screen, Culture and Society||DRAM20041||20||Mandatory|
|American Film Studies||AMER20072||20||Optional|
|China's Borderlands: Culture, Ethnicity and History||CHIN20061||20||Optional|
|Introduction to Classical Chinese||CHIN28572||20||Optional|
|Contemporary British Cinema||DRAM20031||20||Optional|
|Black on Screen||DRAM20092||20||Optional|
|God at the Movies||DRAM20632||20||Optional|
|Introduction to Documentary Film Practice||DRAM21091||20||Optional|
|Horror Film: Genre, Periods, Styles||DRAM21262||20||Optional|
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Course content for year 3
Course units for year 3
|Dissertation in Chinese Studies||CHIN30000||40||Optional|
|Religious and Political Ideologies of Modern China||CHIN30311||20||Optional|
|Socialism in China||CHIN32012||20||Optional|
|Chinese Translation and Interpreting||CHIN32112||20||Optional|
|Dissertation in Drama/Film (Semester One)||DRAM30001||0||Optional|
|Dissertation in Drama/Film (Semester Two)||DRAM30002||0||Optional|
|Queer Bodies and the Cinema||DRAM30332||20||Optional|
|Social Lives of Cinema||DRAM30842||20||Optional|
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Our comprehensive facilities include the Martin Harris Centre - home to the 150-seater John Thaw Studio plus the John Casken Lecture Theatre, which is fitted with 7.1 surround sound system - and workshops and rehearsal rooms fully equipped with industry-standard sound editing and video editing suites.
Manchester also hosts several film festivals with specialisms ranging from animation and horror to Spanish-language cinema.
As well as making use of the wider University library network, you will have access to the University Language Centre, a modern open learning facility where you can study independently and make use of a library and audio-visual resources.
There are also language laboratories and multimedia facilities.
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