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Theorising Japanese Cinema


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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
  • 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.

Assessment is via a 1500-word essay (30%), 2500-word essay (60%) and coursework (10%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

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.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    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 register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.