Course Title: Asian Cinemas

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Asian Cinemas

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


Singapore Inst of Management


345H Media and Communication


Offsh2 18


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2016,
Viet3 2016,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Smiljana Glisovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to a broad spectrum of Asian cinemas reflecting various aspects of film culture. The focus of the course is on film history, genre, national cinema and authorship studies, to contrast styles and themes found within and between different Asian cinemas.

The course will address the following questions, amongst others: What, if anything, constitutes a national or regional cinema? Is there something distinctive that defines Asian cinema? How do Asian cinemas respond to the aesthetics and economics of ‘Hollywood’ cinema?

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the features, themes and genres of specific Asian cinemas.
  • Critically discuss the historical background and development of specific cinemas of the Asian region.
  • Analyse the cinema of several countries in terms of aspects of their domestic political, economic and cultural context.
  • Compare and contrast the works of major Asian filmmakers.
  • Interpret and critically discuss aspects of the film style, "language" and aesthetics of specific Asian cinemas.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.