South East Asia on Film
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- Year 1
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- Term 2
Pre-requisite is 155901320: Introduction to South East Asia
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the course a student should be able to understand the nature of the problems and nuances of studying South East Asia from an outside perspective; to be aware of the basic features of orientalism; and to understand the impact of colonial and imperial power relations on the construction of an outside cultural perspective on South East Asia. They will also have learned the principal, basic techniques of film theory and film viewing from a critical perspective together with having acquired background knowledge of the political and historical issues raised in Western films set in South East Asia.
In terms of generic skills, students will have had further tuition and feedback on essay writing and will have learned how to extract and process information from cinematic and secondary sources, and to combine the two. As a result of the emphasis on group discussion of the cinematic texts explored in this course, they will learn how to contribute constructively to debates, how to accommodate the views of others in the learning group and how to present their own views with oral fluency and confidence.
The course is taught over 11 weeks with a 4 hours classroom contact per week, 2 hours of which are spent in a film screening.
Scope and syllabus
South East Asia on Film is a half-unit course which examines the key issues raised by a series of Western films set in various parts of South East Asia (such as Java, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma and Vietnam). It looks at the significance of the external, visual perspective on the region, the encounter between Western characters and those of local origin; and the dramatic dilemmas which face the Western traveller/visitor to the region. In doing so the course introduces students to a beginner’s study of the theoretical and critical perspectives of orientalism and postcolonialism as well as to the fundamental elements of critical theory with regard to film. Each of the films selected for viewing and discussion will in addition 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 (although it can be taken as a discrete half unit and is not dependent on the previous course). It further provides a grounding for study in years 2,3 and 4 of thematic courses in South East Asian cinema.
This course is core for Year 1 of the degree of BA South East Asian Studies, BA South East Asian Studies and . . . .
This course is compulsory for Year 1 of the degree of BA Thai, BA Thai and . . . , BA Indonesian, BA Indonesian and . . . , BA Vietnamese and . . . , BA Burmese and . . . . , BA South East Asian Studies (including year abroad).
Method of assessment
Two 2,500 word essays to be submitted on the Monday immediately after reading week of the term in which the course is taught (25%) and the first day of term immediately after that in which the course is taught (25%). 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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