SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able:

  • to obtain a detailed knowledge of media, urban culture and politics in East Asia;
  • to demonstrate familiarity with the main theoretical issues of media and cultural studies in East Asia;
  • to engage with current debates on epistemological and methodological questions in the fields of media and cultural studies;
  • to conduct research on themes of the relationship between new media, urban culture, and new social movements in East Asia.

Scope and syllabus

The course aims to help students understand the historical and recent transformation of urban culture in East Asia with particular reference to media spectacle and to encourage them to engage with current debates on media, culture and politics in East Asia. The course is helpful for both the students of Critical Media and Cultural Studies and those of other degree programmes in the Centre for Media and Film Studies who are particularly interested in the East Asian context of media and culture studies. The course helps students grasp the complexity of contemporary media and cultural studies and to develop future research topics on media and culture in East Asia.  

Method of assessment

Book review of 1,000 words worth 20% of the final mark, essay of 3,000 words worth 80% of the final mark


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