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Unit Code
Unit Title
HMA301 Research Project
HMA308 Chinese Society & Culture (Shanghai)
HMA311 Australia and Asia
HMA313 Background to Asian Theatres
HMA321 Contemporary Asian Issues
HMA323 Chinese Language, Society and Culture
HMA351 Volunteering in Asia
HMA353 Professional Placement in Asia
HMA360 Reporting Asia
HMA361 Asian Ethnic and Religious Politics
(Not Offered 2008)
HMC302 Chinese 3 Reading and Writing Skills
HMC303 Chinese Culture and Society
HMC305 Computer-Based Chinese Business Writing
(Not Offered 2008)
HMC307 Modern Chinese Literature
(Not Offered 2008)
HMC309 Chinese Special Topic
HMC312 Chinese 3 Oral/Aural Skills A
HMC313 Chinese 3 Oral/Aural Skills B
HMC314 Classical Chinese A
HMC315 Classical Chinese B
HMC316 Writing/Researching (Chinese)
(Not Offered 2008)
HMC317 Contemporary Chinese Cinema
HMJ306 Reading Japanese
HMJ308 Writing Japanese
HMJ310 Japan in the 21st Century
HMJ311 Japanese Core Skills 3A
HMJ312 Japanese in Practice 3A
HMJ313 Research Project
HMJ331 Modern Japanese Literature
(Not Offered 2008)
HMJ334 Japanese Film
HMJ335 Professional Translation of Japanese
HMJ336 Japanese for Business and Tourism
(Not Offered 2008)
HMJ337 Japanese-English, English-Japanese Interpreting
HMJ340 Japanese Literature in Film
HMN303 Interpreting and Translation
(Not Offered 2008)
HMN304 Indonesian Literature and its Social Context
HMN305 Contemporary Indonesian Texts
(Not Offered 2008)
HMN309 Popular Culture and Society in Indonesia
HMN311 Media and Society in Indonesia
(Not Offered 2008)
HMN313 Advanced Indonesian A
HMN314 Advanced Indonesian B
HMN315 Reading Indonesian A
HMN316 Reading Indonesian B
HMN317 Indonesian Research Project

2011 HMC217 Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HMC317

SPECIAL NOTE: This unit is taught in English and is open to non-Chinese speakers with all films shown with English subtitles. This unit is crosslisted with Asian Studies and can be taken as part of either a Chinese major or Asian Studies major. It will also be crosslisted with Screen Studies


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

This unit can be taken in other courses
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This unit explores major genres and themes of film in contemporary mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora. Genres and themes covered include realist, revolutionary, postsocialist, crosscultural and transnational identity, colonialist and postcolonialist and martial arts. In addition to providing a survey of the major film trends and directors, the unit provides political, social, cultural and economic backgrounds to the films shown. Competing issues in contemporary mainland China and the two other Chinese speaking regions will be explored. These include the tension between political control and artistic freedom, shifting values, transformation and change involving urbanisation and modernisation, Chinese nationalism and ethnic identity, colonialism and revolution, gender and sexuality, marginality and alienation, globalisation and sovereignty.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


HMC217: 2 hour examination (40%), 2000-word research essay (40%), one 500-word literature review (10%), one group work project (10%)

HMC317 2 hour examination (40%), 2500-word research essay (40%), one 500-word literature review (10%), one group work project (10%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 13 x 2hr seminars plus approximately 10 films viewed through semester.

Prereq 25% units at 200 level in R3A


STAFF: Dr M Harrison

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