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FM4208 City in Asian Cinema

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

In this module we will look at the representation of the city in Asian cinema. We will explore the links between urban and cinematic space across a range of thematic, historical and cultural concerns. Bringing together a range of cinematic practices and urban experiences, the module will engage the students to innovatively explore how the imagined city becomes the site of the rhythms and movements across Asia - from a space of possibility (conjugal relations and social mobility), to site of urban poverty, crime, religious violence, gender politics, and migration. Students will have the opportunity to watch a wide range of films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India - and learn to critically examine the ways in which cinema becomes an innovative and powerful archive of urban life as it engages with the events and experiences that shape the cultural, social, and political realities of the past, present and future in Asia.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Film Studies

UG Pre-requisite(s):FM2001 and FM2002 – with passes at 11 or better in both


Optional for Film Studies

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 50
  • Guided independent study: 250

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Take Home Examination (48-hour slot) = 100%
Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A Jain
Module teaching staff:Dr A Jain