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FM4208   City in Asian Cinema

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass FM2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:

Scheduled learning hours: 50

Guided independent study hours: 250

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Take Home Examination (48-hour slot) = 100%


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