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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Thai Cultural Studies

Course Code:
155901351
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Prerequisite course:  Thai Language 2 and Thai Cultural Texts

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objectives of the course are to:

  • improve the student’s reading and listening skills through a wide range of authentic cultural texts in Thai language
  • develop the students’ understanding of key contemporary Thai cultural and social concerns
  • provide students with the opportunity for oral class discussion of Thai cultural studies and its various nuances
  • provide students with the opportunity to articulate their views on key Thai cultural issues through supplementary reading and essay writing
  • raise awareness of specific language use in films and literary texts

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • the ability to read/listen/watch, understand, translate and analyze information from a variety of cultural texts in Thai including novels, short stories, literary analysis, short films, documentaries and feature films
  • the ability to discuss orally in English issues relating to Thai society, culture, literature and film
  • the ability to write analytically in English on Thai society, culture, literature and film
  • the ability to pursue secondary reading in English and in Thai on topics relating to contemporary Thai culture
  • the ability to find and read relevant internet sources on Thai cinema and media

Workload

This course is taught over 22 weeks with 2 hours language classes per week and 2 hours film viewing as and when required.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus consists of carefully selected texts in Thai in a range of different cultural studies media including short stories, novels, literary analysis, short films, documentaries and feature films. Material from newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and Thai television may also be studied.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one essay of 2,500 words to be submitted on the day of teaching , week 1, term 2 (20%); one essay of 2,500 words to be submitted on the day of teaching , week 1, term 3 (20%); a seminar or presentation in English on a designated topic relating to an aspect of Thai Cultural Studies (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Primary texts supplied by course teacher
  • Secondary texts relevant to primary literary and cinematic works under discussion. These will include works developing the context of specific cultural studies, such as work in English on Thai history, politics and society as well as translations of relevant novels and short stories into English.
  • Student’s Thai-English Dictionary: Mary Haas