CHIN206-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Global China on Screen

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Like in the West, Chinese cinema has held a significant share in the cultural industry since the first film was made in China in 1905. Being a cultural product, film has always been seen as reflection of its contemporary culture, despite various aspects it might have taken. Taking primarily a Cultural Studies approach, this course introduces Chinese culture, especially a series of its contemporary phenomena by surveying Chinese cinema. The course will be taught in English and all Chinese films are subtitled. By viewing the films in class and many more available in the well-resourced UC library on the course's recommendation and students' own interests, the course encourages students to further develop their study in one or more of the following areas: Studies of Chinese culture and society; Cross-cultural studies with a focus on China/Asia and beyond; Cultural studies with a special emphasis on postmodernism (including postcolonialism) and Third World culture; Film studies focusing on national cinema. CHIN206 and CINE215 are the same course.

This course explores the evolving Chinese image and identity in Chinese films as well as the Western texts on China and the Orient/East. The course is taught in English, and all Chinese films are subtitled. This course is designed for students who have adequate English reading and presentation skills expected for undergraduate students.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have a basic understanding of Chinese film history;
  • Identify the evolving trends of Chinese cinema;
  • Show a cross-cultural view of China in the international network;
  • Develop a global awareness by connecting China with New Zealand and the rest of the world;
  • Be able to deploy organised ideas in presentation and participate in class discussions;
  • Demonstrate academic writing skills, including providing an argument, gathering and organising second-handed resources, and analysing materials closely and critically.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level from CHIN or CINE, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


CINE215, CHIN306, CULT334

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chia-rong Wu


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Film journals (10) 40% Weekly
Terms tests (2) 40% Week 6 (20%) and Week 12 (20%)
Research proposal presentation 5% Week 12
Research paper 15% Due during examination period

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All CHIN206 Occurrences

  • CHIN206-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023