Postgraduate Course: Contemporary Japanese Cinema (ASST11057)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will explore Japanese films made in the context of socio-political change since the bursting of the 1980s economic bubble.
Attention will be paid to locating cinema within the debate on the many social issues to have emerged since 1989, including but not limited to: Japanese national identity, gender politics. migration and multiculturalism, economic restructuring, tradition and aesthetics, consumption and the virtual, minorities and youth culture.
Therefore, as well as developing a critical appreciation of Japanese cinema, we will use film to examine more general issues facing Japanese contemporary society. As such, students will be expected to draw upon the wide literature in English on both Japanese cinema and contemporary Japanese society, and demonstrate this knowledge through discussion, debate, presentations and written work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 2,500 word essay (70%)
1 x pecha kucha presentation (30%)
||Students will receive feedback on their pecha-kucha presentation in preparation for their final essay.
Students will also have the opportunity to submit and receive formative feedback on short film critiques.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify key themes in modern Japanese cinema.
- Interpret Japanese film within its social and historical context.
- Apply theoretical frameworks drawn from the film studies literature to construct readings of Japanese films.
- Construct pecha-kucha style presentations.
- Write extended film criticism.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Jointly taught with undergraduate students [ASST10131]
The student numbers for this course are capped at 25 (UG and PG combined). Priority will be given to intending Japanese honours students, students on the MSc Japanese Society and Culture and students from Film Studies.
|Course organiser||Dr Christopher Perkins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4174
|Course secretary||Miss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114