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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 25/04/2022 14:17:36

Title of Module: Asian Cinema

Code: FILM10001 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Gill  Jamieson

Summary of Module

In 2017 China overtook Hollywood to become the largest film market in the world. An increasing number of movies are being made with the South East Asian market in mind. At the same time, China and other South East Asian film hubs are looking to produce product for the global market. Against this changing global backdrop, this module provides an opportunity for the film scholar and filmmaker to expand and develop their knowledge of one of the world’s richest and most influential film cultures. 

This module explores the global impact of selected Asian film cultures and gives consideration to social and political changes impacting on a range of Asian film cultures such as those of Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand.

This module develops student’s knowledge and understanding of an important area of world cinema and extends their engagement with issues of national and international film culture. Although prior familiarity with Asian film cultures is not necessary, students will be expected to be fully cognisant of the appropriate critical and discursive parameters framing discussion of national, transnational and world cinema. As such this module will draw upon existing knowledge of established debates, principles and concepts, including those pertaining to issues of authorship, genre, performance and national cinema.

  • To critically examine the film culture of specific East Asian countries through discussion and analysis of individual films that might be described as 'groundbreaking', 'innovative', 'seminal'.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Develop a critical understanding of the cinema of South East Asia

L2. Research the career trajectory of a number of influential directors from the region

L3. Conduct analysis of a variety of significant films from the region

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Demonstration of a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of art and culture and the way in which the concepts of art and culture are socially constructed;

Demonstration of a critical understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives and approaches relating to the social scientific engagement with art and culture.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Retrieval and interpretation of specialized knowledge and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources which examine art and culture;

Conception, development and production of a substantial piece of work evaluating some key aspects of theoretical approaches to the study of art and culture.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Reasoned argument, synthesizing relevant information and exercising critical judgment in the analysis of complex theoretical theories and perspectives;

Critical engagement with learning through the employment of self-identified media to deliver assessment output.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communication of complex ideas visually, orally or in writing through the assessment mechanisms of the electronic presentation

Effective use of electronic information retrieval technology

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Exercising of autonomy and initiative in assessment production, developing the capacity for independent work;

Provision of constructive criticism through the critical discussion of peers’ assessment work.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning and Teaching on this module will be a combination of lectures delivered by the Filmmaking & Screenwriting team, seminar-based discussions, screenings of relevant selected films and independent study. Seminar-based discussions will equip students with skills in observation, description and interpretation, enabling them to produce written responses required by the assessable elements of the module. Students will be expected to take part in seminar discussion in a productive and self-motivated manner, for example coming to seminar prepared to lead discussion on a set topic. Lectures will demonstrate and exemplify how a range of methodological approaches can be applied to the study of Asian film cultures providing students with the necessary tools required to undertake the assessment tasks. Screenings will support and facilitate seminar discussion and the lecture programme. Independent study will be driven by the specific interests of the student and will take as a starting point the programme of guided reading distributed at the start of the module (emphasising the importance of primary and secondary reading material, journal articles and popular film reviews). Students will also be encouraged to use independent study time to familiarise themselves with the full range of films cited but not screened (as a result of time restrictions) during the course of the module.

Film screenings followed by discussion will form one of the core learning activities.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery26
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop4
Personal Development Plan12
Asynchronous Class Activity36
Independent Study112
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Fujiki, H. & Phillips, A. (eds) The Japanese Cinema Book, London: BFI Publishing.

Ciecko, Anne Tereska (ed) (2006) Contemporary Asian Cinema. Oxford & New York: Berg.

Eleftheriotis, Dimitris & Needham, Gary (eds.) (2005) Asian Cinemas: A Reader and Guide, Edinburgh UP.

Phillips & Stringer, Julian (eds) (2007) Japanese Cinema, London: Routledge.

Song, Hwee Lim & Ward, Julian (eds.) (2020) The Chinese Cinema Book. London: BFI Books.2nd edition.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorTony Grace
External ExaminerDr Alex Nevill
Accreditation DetailsScreenSkills
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Presentation 30%
Essay 70%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 72 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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