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Asian Cinema and Media (CULS30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCULS30002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on contemporary Asian cinema and media with a special emphasis on their transnational aspects. Students will encounter examples mainly from cinema (both popular and 'art' film), but the subject also engages with other forms of media culture like television, computer games, music video and Internet cultures. These texts will be approached through analysis of the contexts of their production, distribution, and consumption as well as through textual analysis. Students will learn about new approaches to contemporary Asian cinema and media that understand these cultures as formed through transnational flows rather than as the product of discrete and bounded 'civilisations' as in traditional area studies approaches. On completion of this subject students should have an understanding of the transnationalism of Asian cinema and media today, knowledge of some of the key recent movements in Asian film and media, an appreciation of the historical contexts that underlie these patterns, and a sound grasp of the major scholarly approaches used to analyse these phenomena. Students completing the subject will be familiar with case studies including those from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and India.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the subject, students should have:

  • a detailed critical knowledge of Asian cinema and media as they relate to their specific histories, industries and cultures;
  • an advanced understanding of the theoretical concept of alternative Asian modernity as shaped by the different conditions of colonisation, socialism, postcolonialism, industrialisation, indigenisation, regionalism and global capitalism;
  • a high level comprehension of cultural forms such as postcolonial cinema, transnational action, martial arts, melodrama, Asian blockbuster and the art house film as they relate to different places and modernities in the Asian region;
  • a well-developed ability to engage international and national debates in Asian cinema and media studies, and contextualize this in relation to the central concepts and principles of the discipline, as well as the wider community;
  • mastered the critical skills and methods of Asian cinema and media, and apply its major critical approaches in their own work; and
  • a sophisticated understanding of the research practices and principles related to Screen and Cultural Studies, while also recognizing the value of interdisciplinarity.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • have advanced research and analytic skills;
  • show critical and ethical self-awareness; and
  • have the ability to develop and communicate effective argument in both oral and written form.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

106-245 Global Screen Cultures; CULS20009 Global Screen Cultures; CULS30002 Global Screen Cultures

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 1,400 word essay (35%), due mid-semester
  • A 1,400 word esay (35%), due in the examination period
  • A multimedia exercise (blog/wiki) equivalent to 1,200 words (30%), done throughout the semester
  • This subject has a minimum hurdle attendance requirement of 80%, regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorYuxing Zhou
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 54 hours: a 1.5-hour lecture, a 1-hour tutorial and a 2-hour screening per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A Subject Reader will be available.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available to pre-2008 Bachelor of Arts students for credit into 2nd or 3rd year of the major in Cinema or Cultural Studies

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019