Core Module Information
Module title: Asian Cinema

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD09161
Module leader: Qiao Li
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module equips you with theoretical and conceptual tools to critically engage with and understand Asian cinema by conducting readings of film texts in their cultural, historical and political context. The main goal of this module is to familiarise you with the understandings of national cinemas from Asia. With the necessary theoretical tools, the module will help you to examine a number of national cinemas in the Asian region, in particular the cinema of Mainland China, the cinema of Hong Kong, the cinema of Taiwan, the New Iranian Cinema, Modern Japanese cinema, and modern South Korean cinema etc. We will discuss the film style, broader industrial framework and the films they produce, and individual authorship. Throughout the module, cultural identities projected by various national cinemas, represented by the films of a number of auteur directors, will be discussed. The films are selected and presented in a critical context that asks you to consider them as examples of the range of outputs from Asian cinema. The module uses seminar format and adopts case-based learning, with focus on a number of selected Asian film texts, and considers a wide range of major topics in Asian cinema studies in their specific socio-political contexts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate knowledge of and critically reflect on appropriate research methods for a research topic;
LO2: Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of the principles, principal theories, concepts and terminology of Asian cinema studies;
LO3: Practice routine methods of enquiry that demonstrate some advanced analytical and critical skills;
LO4: Communicate clearly and contribute effectively to peer discussions and reviews;
LO5: Produce clearly defined, rigorous, and detailed arguments in assessments.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Qiao Li
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module uses seminar classes, screenings, tutorials, structured research projects, an oral presentation, and group discussion to provide a variety of independent and group learning activities. It is supported by the VLE to promote independent study, discussion, and collaboration outside of class hours. By focusing on the interrelationships between cinema as mass media and Asian nation-states film theory and aesthetics, cultural identities and national cinema, this module aims to familiarise you with knowledge and understanding of the historical, theoretical and methodological issues involved in the analysis of Asian cinema (LOs 1-5). Teaching is by weekly screening followed by seminar classes to consolidate learning, which will focus on an in-depth discussion of the literary and filmic texts and will offer you the opportunity to explore the wider critical, historical and theoretical contexts of the primary texts. The weekly film screening prior to the seminar class will come with a list of questions for you to answer and share with your classmates and lecturer. You are encouraged to raise questions and debate interpretations throughout seminars and tutorials. Discussion helps you to process and comprehend the arguments analysed in seminar classes. You are expected to complete and take notes on required readings before seminar classes (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Tutorial discussions help you to prepare a proposal presentation for your research essay by applying your understandings of major topics in Asian cinema studies, and to proceed to present a research proposal followed by the completion of your research essay (LOs 1-5).

Formative Assessment:
This module contains three approaches to formative exercises and feedback. First, you are expected to attend the weekly screening and read required readings before the seminar class, discuss the works read, and ask questions about both these works and more broadly about the subject matter. These discussions are student-led, with the module leader moderating discussion and providing necessary clarification. Lecturing is kept to a minimum. These discussions provide immediate peer and lecturer feedback on your understandings of the subject matter. Second, the presentation, while formally assessed, includes opportunities for peer and lecturer feedback during the class, again providing immediate feedback on both the presenter’s comprehension of the subject matter and her or his approach to the research topic. Further written and verbal feedback is provided by the lecturer in week 12. Third, you will discuss your final essay with the module leader in week 12, while the project is still in development. This provides you with feedback that you can consider for your final submission.

Summative Assessment:
This module has three summative assessments. (1) The oral presentation, scheduled between weeks 5 and 10, requires you to select a topic from the weekly syllabi and begin to develop both a research question and a research project to answer the research question. (2) The essay, due at the end of week 13, provides you with the opportunity to consider peer feedback and class discussions relevant to your project, expand your research, and develop your critical reasoning and writing skills to produce a well-defined, rigorous, and detailed argument. (3) You will be assessed also on your contribution to class discussions. This assessment includes your contributions to discussions of weekly screenings, student presentations and to readings from the weekly syllabi. Attendance will therefore be indirectly assessed through your presence in the room to discuss screenings, readings and presentations. Your participation mark will be based on not only the amount you participate, but also the quality of your contributions. Class preparation is therefore essential for your participation mark also. The class discussions, presentations, and essays all establish core research skills required to write an honours dissertation. All assessments in this module thus function collectively as formative assessments for BA4 dissertation modules. One-to-one feedback on your presentation is available after the presentations (week 12). Essays will be marked in weeks 14 and 15 and will be returned with extensive comments in both the margins of the essay and on a separate comment sheet.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 24
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6 HOURS= 00.15
Essay 65 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 13 , WORDS= 3000
Discussion/Participation 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 13
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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