15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module introduces key ideas surrounding media and culture in the context of East Asian society. Via selected case studies we will explore issues such as power and control, propaganda, politics of memory, politics of representation, media production and consumption, globalisation, transnational cultural exchange, media and nationhood and the changing status of the creative industries in East Asia. This course will examine a variety of media products including film, TV, radio, digital archives, animation, memorials and museums and will engage with the media and culture of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the PRC respectively. 

Staff Contact: Jamie Coates
Teaching Methods: This module will be taught via weekly three-hour workshops. The workshop will address the background, evolution and current development of the key contemporary issues under examination, as well as introduce theoretical themes in the scholarship. The workshop will include a wider range of audio-visual and other primary materials, including news footage, documentary film, music and the visual arts, much provided by the tutor but the rest students will bring themselves to class. The workshops will focus on opportunities of discussion and interaction as well as more formal presentations by the tutor. The workshop will include interactive teaching methods (e.g. student presentations, small group work, peer-to-peer learning, twitter, use of online blogs etc.), to help students actively develop their knowledge and skills. The workshop format is offered to encourage interactive student engagement and learning. Readings will be issued each week in advance (via the module outline presented in the first week) and will provide context to the texts discussed in class allowing students to reflect on these issues as well as direct their own learning in conjunction with the tutor. Film Screenings Lectures 2 hours to 3 hours/every other week (length depends on duration of film). Workshop 3 hours each weekIndependent study 117 hours. 
Assessment: Course work

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