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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST2148 Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Ya-chun Liu

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will enable students to understand trauma from an interdisciplinary perspective and explore how different forms of cultural production represent individual and collective trauma in the contemporary Sinophone world. Students will approach trauma narratives in different thematic areas, including war-related trauma, Chinese diaspora, ethnic oppression, gender oppression, etc. The module will be taught through weekly lectures and seminars. All texts will be English translation.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

-introduce interdisciplinary approaches to trauma and enable students to understand trauma and its different representations in cultural production
-give students an insight into the heterogeneousness of the contemporary Sinophone world
-develop students’ understanding of the ubiquity of trauma and apply their understandings in real-life global contexts

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module, students should:
1. Have a good understanding of trauma and its impact and be able to critically engage with key theories about trauma
2. Be able to critically analyse how different forms of cultural production reflect individual and collective trauma
3. Have enhanced their knowledge of the contemporary Sinophone world
4. Be able to demonstrate analytical skills and carry out independent research

Skills outcomes
Intercultural Skills
Research Skills
Analytical Skills


The module will explore the ways in which trauma is represented and explored in texts ranging across the Sinophone world. It will engage with themes such as war and memory, ethnic and gender oppression, and diasporic experiences. The module will cover a range of text types, including personal accounts, documentaries, popular music, and fiction.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

30 hours - reading for lectures
20 hours - post-lecture work (e.g. reviewing content delivered in the lectures, organising notes)
60 hours - preparation for seminars (e.g. reading texts, watching videos, preparing for questions that are going to be discussed in the seminars)
20 hours - preparation for the un-graded presentation and essay proposal
20 hours- preparation for the graded presentation
30 hours –writing the graded essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Ongoing monitoring in lectures and seminars. Guidelines for giving presentations and writing academic essays will be given. Students will submit their presentation and essay proposals around Week 8 or Week 9, and they will receive feedback to prepare them for the final assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 word essay70.00
Presentation8 minute presentation with slides30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:39:00


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