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CHNS3639: Chinese Cinema

This unit introduces students to the cinema of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We will view representative films of different periods and different regions, and read them within their historical and cultural context. We will explore how these films blend "traditional Chinese" and local elements -- plots, symbols, sound, music, performance styles and others -- with "modern" and "global" devices. We will also examine how Chinese cinema thus creates new definitions of Chinese identity and modernity.

Code CHNS3639
Academic unit Chinese Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Asian Studies

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate knowledge of the broad development of Chinese cinema.
  • LO2. Develop a general understanding of Chinese societies and cultures through case studies.
  • LO3. Analyze a film using basic critical theory with sensitivity to Chinese cinematic tradition.
  • LO4. Communicate complex ideas and data effectively to diverse audiences through oral and written forms of communication.
  • LO5. Construct evidence-based arguments and present them for different audiences and in written, oral, visual or digital form.
  • LO6. Work in groups to share ideas and contribute to class discussions.
  • LO7. Work individually to identify and prepare a topic of interest and present a debate on it in class.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.