First World Problems: Microcinema and popular media (CHI4325.01)

Ginger Lin

“First world problems” has become a prolific meme-generating phrase. However, it can have a deeper meaning. How is Chinese and Taiwanese society dealing with their own “First world problems” while simultaneously dealing with those of their own unique histories? These are some of the questions we will explore through the lenses of Chinese language microcinema and other popular media (TV, internet). Students will naturally advance their Mandarin linguistic competencies as they view, analyze and discuss Microcinema from China and Taiwan.

A course pack of various Chinese microcinema/other media will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:
By end of the term, students will be able to...
...understand, discuss, and critique various authentic Chinese microcinema, TV, etc. works (media) and effectively communicate their thoughts on these in Chinese, both orally and in writing
...raise valid and rational questions regarding the media as a reflection of contemporary Chinese society and analyze and discuss these questions in Chinese
...conduct independent research on Chinese microcinema and other media.
...form ideas and opinions based on their research on the intersection of Chinese microcinema, history, and culture and logically state and express their thoughts coherently and cohesively in Chinese at the intermediate level.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: At least 2 terms of Chinese at the college level.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Chinese , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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