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Theorising Japanese Cinema

Our Theorising Japanese Cinema short 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.

This course is currently being run online.

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

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • 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 12-Jan-21 6pm-9pm

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