Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Asian Popular Cinema

Module P5051

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Asian Popular Cinema will introduce students to popular film culture from Asia. Using films from across the region, we will explore different manifestations of popular cinema in their specific cultural, historical, and industrial contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the emergence of intra-Asian dynamics, and the transnational flow of cinemas. Topics covered weekly will vary, but may include questions of form and genre (e.g. the blockbuster, the musical, comedy, anime, martial arts films), production (e.g. co-productions, stars, fan culture, popular authorship), and the mediation of popular issues (e.g. political protest, historical experience, gender and the family, urbanization, migration).

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of critical concepts and methods relevant to the study of Asian popular cinema

Identify and critically evaluate scholarship on Asian popular cinema, historical and contemporary

Develop these critical concepts and methodologies in the analysis of specific case studies, demonstrating an understanding of different approaches and ideas, and an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches in relation to a range of case studies.

Devise and sustain written arguments about Asian popular cinema.

Direct their own learning, as demonstrated through written assessment.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ReportT1 Week 5 20.00%
LogT1 Week 9 20.00%
EssayA1 Week 2 60.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterFilm3 hours111111111110
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Luke Robinson

Assess convenor

Dr Michael Lawrence

Assess convenor

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