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Alka Kurian
B CUSP 117
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: W.

Class description

This course reintroduces you to the UWB student support services and the library, ensures your continued work on your e-portfolios, and includes a small undergraduate-level research element. It uses “Asian Cinema” as a concrete object of study in order to direct you towards achieving the above goals. The course focuses on Asian cinema from an interdisciplinary perspective and exposes you to a variety of emerging dynamic films being made in this vast geographical region of the world. You will study the cinemas of Central Asia, Hong Kong, China, Korea, South Asia, Japan, Southeast Asia, Asian Australia, as well as the Middle East. You will look at the various forms and genres of this cinema ranging from fantasy fiction, horror, comedy, drama, political, and anime. And finally you will use your knowledge of film language and theory to critically analyze films.

Student learning goals

Demonstrate knowledge of development of cinema in Asia, its different genres, and emerging trends

Become familiar with the cultural, political, historical and aesthetic concerns of Asian cinemas.

Understand Asian art and popular film as well as the star and studio systems.

Understand the problems of cross-cultural readings.

Engage with a challenging research-based project.

Make significant progress in their e-portfolios.

General method of instruction

Lectures, seminars, class and group discussions, film screenings.

Recommended preparation

None

Class assignments and grading

Quizzes, Midterm paper, Group presentation.

Quizzes (30%) Midterm paper (35%) Group Presentation (35%)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alka Kurian
Date: 10/15/2012