GE1102 Cinema: East and West

Part I

Course Duration:
One semester
Area:
Arts and Humanities
Credit Units:
3
Level:
A1/B1
Medium of Instruction:
English
Prerequisites:
N.A.
Precursors:
N.A.
Equivalent Courses:
N.A.
Exclusive Courses:
SM2274 History of Cinema


Part II

Course Aims


This course aims to present students a larger picture of how film has developed from 1895 to today as both a popular medium and an art form, and how cinemas of the West and the East have influenced each other’s traditions through different eras. Students are expected to define basic terminologies in cinema history, to name representative directors and works from each country and/or period, and to describe many events and trends in world film history. By covering major ideas, movements and trends in cinema history, the course will also enhance students’ general knowledge on history and culture and provide them a vocabulary, with which they can further explore in the field of film/media studies and topics related to media and cultural issues. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

No.

CILOs

Weighting
(if applicable)

1.

Read films as both narrative and cultural text

 

2.

Write and discuss about films in various contexts

 

3.

Acquire a broader knowledge of cinema culture

 

4.

Understand the basics terms of cinema

 

Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs)
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to facilitate students’ achievement of the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)

CILO No.

TLAs

Hours/week
(if applicable)

CILO 1

Get familiar with film art and history through lectures and screenings

3.0 hours/week

CILO 2

Exchange readings of films through on-line discussions

 

CILO 3

Extend the knowledge of film through journal writing

 

CILO 4

Review the concepts and ideas via quizzes and exams

 

Assessment Tasks/Activities
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)
 

CILO No.

Type of Assessment Tasks/Activities

Weighting
(if applicable)

Remarks

CILO 1

Participating in in-class discussions

10%

 

CILO 2

Answer questions posted on discussion board

30%

 

CILO 3

Write film journals and papers

40%

 

CILO 4

Write quizzes and tests

20%

 

Grading of Student Achievement:

Standard: A+, A, A-…F
Grading is based on performance in assessment tasks / activities.


Part III

Keyword Syllabus
:

  1. Early experiments in cinema: the Lumière brothers, Edison cameras and early documentaries (1895-1910s)
  2. Classical Hollywood cinema, German Expressionism, and French Impressionist and Surrealism (1908-1927)
  3. Soviet Montage (1924-1930) and the Left-wing Films & the Realistic Tradition in China and Japan (1930-1940s)
  4. Italian Neorealism (1942-1951) and the rising of Post-war Japanese Cinema
  5. The Socialist Cinema of Mainland China, the Early Development of Taiwanese Cinema and the Golden Years of the Shaw Brothers (1950s—1960s)
  6. Art House films: The French New Wave (1959-1964) and the Japanese New Wave (1950s-1960s)
  7. “Healthy Realism” in Taiwanese cinema and the flourishing of Kungfu genre in Hong Kong (1960s -1970s)
  8. The “New Hollywood” or Post-classical Cinema (1970s and afterwards)
  9. The Hong Kong New Wave, Taiwan New Cinema, and the Fifth-Generation Movement (1979-1987)
  10. 1990s: Development in the Third World Cinema—Latin American and Middle Eastern cinemas
  11. The New Documentary Movements: moving from country to country
  12. International mode of production in a globalizing era
 

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