Attendance; preparation of and written comments on the seminar materials; active participation (including online, with cameras on, in the event of remote delivery due to Covid) 15%
Presentation (reading reports, film analysis) incl. formulation of discussion questions and moderation of group discussion 20%
Presentation of seminar paper plan (PowerPoint with preliminary bibliography) 20%
Final written paper (seminar paper, 10-12 pages) 45%. Deadline: 20 February 2022, submission via Moodle
The seminar is conducted in English and does not require Chinese-language proficiency. All core viewings (films) are available with subtitles, and core readings in English will be provided via Moodle at the start of the semester. Participants are nonetheless welcome to use Chinese- as well as German-language materials in written papers and seminar assignments and to inform group discussions. Each session consists of a short introduction followed by presentations and group discussion. While the introduction contextualizes the main theme of the session, the presentations and discussion focus on the film assigned for independent viewing ahead of each session, and related readings. Students are expected to take a collaborative and interactive approach to the course. Regular attendance and active participation (including online, with cameras on, in the event of remote delivery due to Covid) are required and count for 15% of the final grade.
A maximum of 3 unjustified absences (three sessions) is allowed.
Participants are required to give a presentation on the assigned reading and viewing materials that counts for 20% of the final grade. Additionally, they are required to present a plan of the final written paper (seminar paper) with preliminary bibliography. This second presentation counts for 20% of the final grade.
Depending on class size, the first presentation can be delivered individually or in a group. The second presentation is an individual presentation. In both cases, students who do not wish to present orally have the option of showing a pre-recorded slideshow or video presentation. Detailed guidelines will be given at the start of the course.
The final written paper counts for 45% of the final grade. It can address any topic that relates to the themes explored during the course.
All assignments need to be fulfilled to attain a positive overall grade. The final written paper must be passed to pass the course, regardless of the partial grades achieved in the other assignments.
Late submission: Up to one week of delay is permitted, with a deduction of one full grade for the week or part thereof.
Berry, Chris, and Lu, Feii Lu. eds. Island on the Edge: Taiwan New Cinema and After. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005.
Davis, Darrell, and Emily Yueh-yu Yeh. Taiwan Film Directors: A Treasure Island. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
Hong, Gou-Juin. Taiwan Cinema : A Contested Nation on Screen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Rawnsley, Ming-yeh, Gary Rawnsley, and Kuei-fen Chiu. eds. Taiwan Cinema: International Reception and Social Change. London: Routledge, 2017.
Cheng, Jim, James. Wicks, and Sachie. Noguchi. An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
A detailed schedule and reading/viewing list will be provided on Moodle at the start of the course.