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Module

SML2011 : Cities in East Asian Cinema: Culture, History and Identity

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • Other Staff: Ms Carrie Poon
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of this module include:
1) To introduce important East Asian cities and representative city films
2) To understand the cinematic representations of East Asian cities in relation to their particular historical, cultural and political contexts
3) To make connections among the East Asian cities and their cinematic representations, and map a region marked by fast-developing urbanization and globalization
4) To familiarise students with important debates on the relationship between city and cinema in urban studies and film studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

By studying the cinematic representation of six East Asian cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul, this module will explore how film plays a crucial role in reflecting historical, political and social change in East Asian societies, embodying the cultural specificity of each of these cities, and forming and transforming individual and collective identities in East Asia. Focusing on the ways in which the cities are imagined, created and remembered, the module addresses a series of important concepts such as modernity/postmodernity, post-colonialism, the national and the global, memory and nostalgia, gendered space, power and resistance.
The first week provides a social and theoretical background to the module by introducing the East Asian region as well as key debates on and approaches to cinematic representations of the city. The subsequent weeks are designed as 1 hour survey lecture followed by 1 hour student-led seminar. 10 weeks will be devoted to six cities as represented in East Asian films (Shanghai and Seoul, one week each; Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei and Beijing, two weeks each). The key films that will be discussed may include Street Angel (1937), Tokyo Story (1953), Infernal Affairs (2002), Christmas in August (1998), Wong Kar-wai’s films on Hong Kong, Edward Yang and Tsai Ming-liang’s films on Taipei, Ning Ying’s Beijing trilogy, and so on. The films are subtitled in English.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

SGL (Lecture materials) and SGL (Academic skills activities) will equip students with skills and knowledge required to study and understand East Asian film and culture.

In SGL (small group teaching) students will have opportunity to express their opinion on the materials covered in the above two activities and discuss with peers and the lecturer. It is also intended to provide feedback to any work students are asked to submit as a part of other SGL activities including the formative assessment as well as asking the lecturer and/or peers any question they have for discussion online, thus deepening their understanding of the subject.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002500 words in English
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MA commentary of 1000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay allows evaluation of the development of the following cognitive and key skills: independent research, bibliographical work, planning and organising, word-processing, footnoting and referencing. The commentary takes the form of textual analysis of a chosen film and prepares students for their final essay writing.

Reading Lists

Timetable