ACF213 - Contemporary Asian Cinema: Texts, Contexts and Experiences

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:Nil
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sean Redmond
Trimester 3: Sean Redmond


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week with supportive asynchronous discussion threads/board


This unit provides students with an opportunity to critically explore contemporary Asian cinema with a focus on their national and transnational formations. The unit will explore what constitutes Asian cinema through close textual analysis and by looking at production and reception contexts. Questions of authorship, aesthetics, genre, film movements, censorship, ideology, pleasure and affect will be addressed. The unit looks at popular film, art and auteur cinema, mobile and extended cinema, animation, and the film documentary.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Differentiate the various contemporary Asian cinemas with respect to form, representations and modes of production.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Research and report on key aspects of the production history of an Asian film genre, including a focus on a film director, cinematographer, sound designer, actor/star, film genre, or film movement.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically analyse and effectively explain the different ways that Asian cinema engages with local, national and transnational industries and audiences.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically investigate and reveal the ideologies, values and affective strategies that have been employed in self-chosen films via close textual analysis.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Close Textual Analysis 800 words 20% Week 4
Assessment 2: Production History Report 1600 words 40% Week 8
Assessment 3: Written Essay 1600 words 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF213
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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