SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007)

Module Code:
15PSEH008
Credits:
15
Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module 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 an 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 10 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a one hour lecture, a one hour seminar and two hours film viewing.

Method of assessment

An essay of 2500 words to be submitted on day 5, week 1, of the term following teaching (70%); 2 reaction papers, each of 600 words to be submitted directly to the module teacher (30%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the module.

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