Sex and the City in South East Asian Film
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- Year of study:
- Year 2, Year 3 of 3 or Year 4
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- Term 2
PrerequisitesPre-requisites 155901320: Introduction to South East Asia (0.5 unit) and 155901318: South East Asia on Film (0.5 unit) (or equivalent).
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
On successful completion of this course students will:
- Have acquired knowledge of a selection of films by South East Asian filmmakers (or by Western filmmakers set in South East Asia) that deal directly with the topic of sexuality and its place in the modern cityscapes of the region.
- Be able to work critically on aspects of gender and sexuality in South East Asia, most notably on issues of gendered representation in film.
- Have developed a critical consideration of modernity and, implicitly of Westernization/globalization in the South East Asian cultural context.
- Be able to employ background knowledge of South East Asian culture gained from the year one courses Introduction to South East Asia and South East Asia on Film.
- Have learned how to extract and process information from cinematic and secondary sources, and to combine the two in essays.
- As a result of the emphasis on group discussion of the cinematic texts explored in this course, be able to contribute constructively to debates, accommodate the views of others in the learning group and present own views orally.
WorkloadA total of 11 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week (2 hours of which are film viewing).
Scope and syllabus
The course will examine the key issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, the urban (in contrast to the rural), modernity and globalization as typified by a selection of films made by South East Asian filmmakers (and in one case a film set in Thailand but made by an Australian filmmaker). The range of countries to which this course refers includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. It may also touch on diasporic cinema.
The course will examine representations of sexuality, as coloured in particular by the urban context in which they are depicted. It will achieve this through weekly film viewings followed by specific lectures and seminars on the film under consideration and on works related to it thematically, visually, historically etc. Each of the films selected for viewing and discussion will provide scope for the discussion of key issues pertinent to understandings of South East Asia and the most significant events in its political history. As a result the content of this course builds on the introductory lectures provided in Introduction to South East Asia and South East Asia on Film (although it can be taken as a discrete half unit and is not dependent on these courses).
Method of assessmentOne 3,000 word essay to be submitted on the first day of term immediately after that in which the course is usually taught (50%). Five reaction papers of 600 words each to be handed directly to the class tutor in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 (10% each).
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