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Undergraduate Course: Representations of history in the cinema of Communist China (ASST10132)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will examine cinematic representations made in Communist China of two of the most important historical events of the twentieth century in that country: the Cultural Revolution and the Sino-Japanese war. Students will watch films on the two topics made from the 1950s to 2011, in order to see how the prevailing political atmosphere of the different periods has impacted on the filmmaking. Students will be assessed by one essay and on their contribution to seminars.

All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general ongoing academic development.

In this course we will be discussing content that may be traumatising to some students. We believe in the importance of engaging with this material and so please rest assured that we will work with you to ensure you can participate fully and demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes of the course, without compromising your wellbeing or your academic development. If you have concerns at any point we invite you to approach the course organiser Dr Julian Ward at to discuss how we can best support you in your work on this course. We affirm that you will be treated with dignity and respect in all discussions and at every stage of the course.

Please note that places on this course are strictly limited and that priority will be given to students taking Chinese honours.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Seminar presentation and contribution (20%)
Essay (topics provided) - 2500-3000 words (40%)
Centrally timetabled exam (2 hour paper) (40%)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students will be able to:
Recall and summarise key themes related to Chinese cinema of the Communist period
Find, compare and criticise sources related to Chinese cinema.
Develop original ideas
Demonstrate an awareness of the research agenda relating to the topic
Acquire an understanding of the ways in which filmmakers have addressed two very sensitive topics in different periods of recent Chinese history
Reading List
Core texts will include works by Chris Berry, Yomi Braester, Paul Clark, Wendy Larson, Jerome Silbergeld and Zhang Yingjin.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAS Rep Hist Cin,film,politics,war
Course organiserDr Julian Ward
Tel: (0131 6)50 4226
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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