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ASNS3616: Japanese Cinema and Society

2024 unit information

This unit introduces you to the history of Japanese film production with a focus on theory, criticism and reception. Films will be discussed according to themes and genres, and read in their sociopolitical contexts. It provides an initiated understanding of one of the most important film traditions in an international perspective.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Asian Studies
Credit points 6
6 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Asian Studies or 18 credit points at 1000-level including ENGL1011
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and appreciate the role of film in Japan's entertainment industry
  • LO2. identify major thematic shifts that specific film genres have undergone
  • LO3. read and understand a Japanese film against the background of its socio-political context
  • LO4. discern and discuss stylistic traits peculiar to Japanese film tradition in a comparative context
  • LO5. write film reviews in a journalistic mode of discourse
  • LO6. analyse film as a cultural artefact in an academic mode of discourse.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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