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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007)

Course Code:
15PSEH008
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course a student will have acquired a broad knowledge of the work of the key filmmakers who have risen to fame since the regeneration of Thai cinema post 1997. The student will have developed the ability to consider these films critically, from the perspective of international film studies, with reference to film and critical theory, and in terms of the historical and cultural context in which they have been created. Students will have learned how to analyse the films both visually and culturally.

In terms of generic skills, students will have had the opportunity to improve their ability to distill information from secondary sources and to collate this information in the composition of one lengthy essay. They will also have learned how to extract and process information from cinematic sources, and to combine their observation of these sources with secondary, background readings and with theoretical texts considered in tutorials. As a result of the emphasis on group discussion of the cinematic texts explored in this course, students will also learn how to contribute constructively to debates, and how to accommodate the views of others in the learning group and how to present and articulate their own views orally.

Workload

A total of 11 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week 2 of which are film viewing.

Method of assessment

An essay of 5,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (50%); 5 reaction papers, each of 800 – 1,000 words to be submitted directly to the course teacher in weeks 2, 4, 6,8 and 10 of the course (10% each).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list for this course will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the course.