SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Films of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 2

Module Code:
155901354
Status:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
5
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 of 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Term 1

This module builds on several of the key ideas introduced in the introductory module Films of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1. In this module a selection of films and related screen media from the 20th and 21st centuries will be explored in order that students further develop their understanding of film cultures from these diverse regions through the comparative study of a number of key themes. Students will be encouraged to engage with film language in order to enhance their analytical vocabulary.

The module will be organised into five two-week blocks which will encourage students to take a comparative approach to some key themes in film and related screen cultures from Africa, the Middle East and South and South East Asia. These themes will include issues such as: nation and ethnicity; home, family and belonging; history and memory; war and conflict; the city; religion and spirituality; colonialism and nostalgia; politics and propaganda; exile and diaspora; women and gender; love and romance; popular youth culture and globalization; transnational connections.

Each weekly class will focus on one particular fllm (always subtitled), but students will be strongly encouraged to further their viewing beyond the list of set films. Students will be assessed through a variety of formats including podcast, short review and longer essay. While expected to engage with films from across the regions in weekly seminars and in online discussion, students will have the opportunity to explore particular thematic or regional interests in their assessed work.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Films of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 or equivalent

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Asian, African and Middle Eastern cinema and its relation to culture, history, politics and aesthetics;
  2. Discuss a number of key films in a comparative context.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how film can be utilised to project national agendas and identities;
  4. Recognise and explain differences in local, regional and global responses to films
  5. Develop critical responses to cinematic work based upon aesthetic or cultural values

Workload

Total Taught Hours: 50 hours, including 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of seminars per week for 10 weeks.

Independent Study: 100 hours

Total Hours for Module: 150 hours

Scope and syllabus

The module will be divided into five thematic two-week blocks frawing on films and screen cultures from Africa the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia. The themes will draw from the following topics: nation and ethnicity; home, family and belonging; history and memory; war and conflict; the city; religion and spirituality; colonialism and nostalgia; politics and propaganda; exile and diaspora; women and gender; love and romance; popular youth culture and globalization; transnational connections.

Method of assessment

  • Module Viewing diary/blog (1000 words) 20%
  • Essay (2000 words) 50%
  • 1 Video Presentation/podcast (5 minutes) 30%

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