Course Information
Course title
Exploring Taiwan: Film and Social Culture in Taiwan 
Semester
105-1 
Designated for
 
Instructor
KUO JEN-FENG 
Curriculum Number
LibEdu1050 
Curriculum Identity Number
H01 05000 
Class
 
Credits
Full/Half
Yr.
Half 
Required/
Elective
Elective 
Time
Thursday 8,9(15:30~17:20) 
Remarks
The upper limit of the number of students: 80. 
Ceiba Web Server
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1051LibEdu1050_ 
Course introduction video
 
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
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Course Syllabus
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Course Description

In this course we look closely at several Taiwanese films over the past two decades, and through them we intend to understand what prominent phenomena and changes have been taking place in Taiwan’s social culture. As some of the films speak to the current socio-political conditions on this island, some reflect an emerging cultural trend, while others indicate social problems and propose what we can do in response. In any case, those films present themselves as various attempts to make conversations with Taiwanese society and Taiwanese people, and in this course we “read” those films as we also consider and discuss crucial social issues in Taiwan. 

Course Objective
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Course Requirement
Each week the students will be asked to engage the recommended readings or films, most of which will be topics of class discussion. They will be encouraged to pursue readings/films beyond the recommendations. How the students respond to the discussions will be considered their overall performance in this course. 
Office Hours
 
References
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Designated reading
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Grading
   
Progress
Week
Date
Topic
Week 1
9/15  No Class 
Week 2
9/22  Taiwan in the 1980s: economic growth and socio-politics 
Week 3
9/29  Taiwan in the 1980s: social movement and “national” culture 
Week 4
10/06  Taiwan New Cinema: Prior to the emergence Film appreciation & discussion: Good Morning, Taipei (1979) 
Week 5
10/13  Taiwan New Cinema: aesthetics & techniques Film Appreciation & Discussion: The Terrorizer (1986) 
Week 6
10/20  Taiwan New Cinema: the movement and key members Film Appreciation & Discussion: Dust in the Wind (1986) 
Week 7
10/27  Taiwan New Cinema in the 1990s: The Decline, the Second Wave, and film festivals Film appreciation: Vive L’amour (1994) 
Week 8
11/03  The City: landscape, history, and collective memory; the body, being and emptiness 
Week 9
11/10  Identity Politics, Gender/Sexuality & Feminism 
Week 10
11/17  Identity Politics: Gender/Sexuality & LGBT Issues Film appreciation: Drifting Flowers (2008) 
Week 11
11/24  Identity Politics: Ethnic cultures in Taiwan till the early 2000s 
Week 12
12/01  In Search for Root: Westernization/Modernization and Colonial History in Taiwan Suggested reading: 《台灣西方文明初體驗》 Film appreciation: Viva Tonal – The Dance Age (Viva Tonal 跳舞時代,2003) 
Week 13
12/08  In Search for Root: Agriculture, Social Justice, and Documentary in Taiwan 
Week 14
12/15  Issues of immigrant spouses and migrant workers 
Week 15
12/22  Film appreciation: The Other Side (對岸異鄉人, 2012) 
Week 16
12/29  New trends, the new generation, and the future of Taiwanese films 
Week 17
1/05  Hip-Hop Storm (街舞狂潮, 2010)