Exploring Contemporary Society through Films and Media (CHI4607.01) (course title change as of 10/9/2023)

Ginger Lin

While movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have helped Chinese cinema broaden its appeal and consolidate its position as a significant force in international cinema, such historical fantasies may not do much to help us understand modern Chinese/Taiwanese society and culture. Fortunately, there is much more to contemporary Chinese/Taiwanese cinema, and many fine Chinese language films are available that may shed more light on Chinese and Taiwanese society and culture in the 21st century. Such films and scripts of selected scenes from them serve as a rich source of authentic texts for this course. Through viewing these films, reading and discussing excerpts from their scripts as well as various four skills exercises including grammar review, students will gain insights into the changing culture of modern China. They will do so while building on their competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will be able to read the scripts and fluently discuss (and write short answer responses to questions about) the films and topics raised in the course in Mandarin at the advanced level.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: At least 5 terms of Chinese at the college level.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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