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Sample Proposal: Global Cultures

College of Communication

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RTF 345: Chinese Auteurs

Department of Radio-Television-Film

Please describe specifically which non-U.S. community, country, or coherent regional grouping of countries, past or present, will be studied.

China (including Hong Kong and Singapore) and Taiwan.

What are typical readings or other materials in the course or class related to Global Cultures?

The readings will include a great deal of material regarding how China and Taiwan artists approach their material, the meaning of “nation” and identity in their work, and how their films correspond to historical moments in Chinese history. The approach of the course will weave history and culture into a discussion of the key filmmakers’ vision.

Describe typical assignments related to Global Cultures.

This will be the first time this course will be taught. Typical assignments might ask students to compare (in a paper) the films that are examined either to each other or to a counterpart in a Western (e.g., US or Britain or French) tradition. Some assignments may request students to explore the filmmaking tradition in an era in China, or to explore the cultural meanings of various films.

Please explain how at least one-third of the course grade is based on content related to Global Cultures.

The entire course focuses on China and Taiwan, one of their major cultural industries (film), and how these cultural expressions correspond to both individual artists’ vision as well as operate as reflections of national identity and history.

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