Theorising Japanese Cinema

This course provides a historical overview of cinema in Japan from the silent film era to the present day, looking at styles and subject matter, film genres and movements, studios and directors, as well as cultural, social, political, technological and industrial contexts. The course will also introduce you to some key theoretical frameworks, such as national and transnational cinema, postcolonial thought, gender and spectatorship, and concepts such as genre, new wave, avant-garde and alterity/otherness, in order to deepen your understanding of different critical approaches to Japanese film.

Films selected for this course are subtitled in English. There is no Japanese language requirement for the course.

Classes are offered on Tuesdays (Term 2) 6-9pm in central London, starting on Tuesday 15 January 2019.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    This short course has prerequisite(s). If you try to enrol on this short course without completing the prerequisite(s), you will not be able to complete your enrolment. Please contact us if you would like further information

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    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

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  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the class you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. There is no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 15-Jan-19 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code ARMC093S5AAA