2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
EAST2128 Contemporary East Asian Culture
20 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Dr Sarah Dodd
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will enable students to explore aspects of cultural production in East Asia, in order to better understand the varied and exciting cultural and social developments in the region. The specific focus will vary from year to year, depending on teaching staff, but may cover literature, film, theatre, and art, from countries including China, Japan, and Thailand. The module will be taught through weekly seminars, which will include both lecture and discussion components. These discussions will reflect the diverse contemporary interests in East Asia, allowing students to develop an understanding of key themes and approaches.All texts will be English translation.
ObjectivesThe module has the following objectives:
To enhance students' knowledge and critical appreciation of the diverse cultural forms of the region.
To give students an insight into how culture can reflect contemporary social and political issues.
To develop students' ability to interpret, analyse, and evaluate East Asian cultural texts in English translation.
To develop students' critical abilities; the module has an independent research component, which will encourage the development of research skills such as literature searches and textual and visual analysis.
Upon completion of the module, students should:
1. Have a good understanding of key features of cultural production and transnational flows in East Asia.
2. Be able to critically analyse the way in which issues in contemporary society are reflected in culture.
3. Have enhanced knowledge of the concepts, methodologies and approaches to the study of different cultural forms.
4. Be able to demonstrate intercultural awareness of the backgrounds of different texts, practitioners, and consumers.
The module will explore the way in which culture in East Asia engages with themes such as family and relationships, gender and sexuality, globalisation, politics, myth, and technology. The module will also engage with aspects of the field of cultural production, including translation, reception, and prizes.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPreparatory reading for lecture/ seminar sessions 80 hours
Preparation for non-assessed in-class presentations 30 hours
Additional reading for research, essay-planning, attendance at essay clinic, and writing 70 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOn-going monitoring in lecture/seminar sessions, including opportunities for non-assessed group presentations. There will also be a formative essay or presentation on which students will receive feedback, to prepare them for their final assessed essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay or Dissertation||2500 word essay||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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