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Like in the West, Chinese cinema has held a significant share in the cultural industry since the first film was made in China in 1905. Being a cultural product, film has always been seen as reflection of its contemporary culture, despite various aspects it might have taken. Taking primarily a Cultural Studies approach, this course introduces Chinese culture, especially a series of its contemporary phenomena by surveying Chinese cinema. The course will be taught in English and all Chinese films are subtitled. By viewing the films in class and many more available in the well-resourced UC library on the course's recommendation and students' own interests, the course encourages students to further develop their study in one or more of the following areas: Studies of Chinese culture and society; Cross-cultural studies with a focus on China/Asia and beyond; Cultural studies with a special emphasis on postmodernism (including postcolonialism) and Third World culture; Film studies focusing on national cinema. CHIN206 and CINE215 are the same course.
This course explores the evolving Chinese image and identity in Chinese films as well as the western texts on China and the Orient/East. From a cross-cultural perspective, this course helps students closely examine the cultural encounters and conflicts from the ancient period to the present. The course is taught in English, and all Chinese films are subtitled.ExpectationsStudents in this course are expected to survey the theoretical foundation of Chinese worldview in response to Orientalism and globalization and to examine the (mis-)representation of China both in the Chinese context and in the western world for comparative purposes. In addition to watching films, students are required to read scholarly works, historical accounts, poems, and travelogues in order to better understand diverse worldviews. By engaging the East-West dynamic, this course is designed for students interested in the issues of cross-cultural understanding and global consciousness.
By the end of this course, each student will:1. Have a basic understanding of Chinese film history;2. Identify the evolving trends of Chinese cinema;3. Show a cross-cultural view of China in the international network;4. Develop a global awareness by connecting China with New Zealand and the rest of the world;5. Be able to deploy organized ideas in presentation and participate in class discussions; 6. Demonstrate academic writing skills, including providing an argument, gathering and organizing second-handed resources, and analyzing materials closely and critically.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 15 points at 100 level from CHIN orCINE, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Electronic readings can be found on LEARN.
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences