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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST2128 Contemporary East Asian Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Professor Frances Weightman

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This 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.


The 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Skills outcomes
Intercultural Skills


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.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Preparatory 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 Feedback

On-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 typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation2500 word essay100.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:13:10


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