Course Information
Course title
Exploring Taiwan: Film and Social Culture in Taiwan 
Semester
106-2 
Designated for
 
Instructor
KUO JEN-FENG 
Curriculum Number
LibEdu1050 
Curriculum Identity Number
H01 05000 
Class
 
Credits
2.0 
Full/Half
Yr.
Half 
Required/
Elective
 
Time
Thursday 8,9(15:30~17:20) 
Remarks
The upper limit of the number of students: 90. 
Ceiba Web Server
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1062LibEdu1050_ 
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. Some of the films speak to the current socio-political conditions on this island; some reflect an emerging cultural trend; some indicate social problems; yet some propose alternative approaches to history. 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
This course is expected to help us understand and reflect on Taiwanese social culture by not just watching but also “reading” Taiwanese films. 
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
Appointment required. 
References
Davis, Darrell. and Yueh-yu Yeh. Taiwan Film Directors: A Treasure Island. Columbia University Press, 2005.
Yip, June. Envisioning Taiwan: Fiction, Cinema, and the Nation in the Cultural Imaginary. Duke University Press, 2011.
盧非易。《台灣電影:政治、經濟、美學1949-1994》。1998年,台北,遠流。 
Designated reading
待補 
Grading
 
No.
Item
%
Explanations for the conditions
1. 
Midterm presentation/paper 
30% 
 
2. 
Final paper 
70% 
 
 
Progress
Week
Date
Topic
Week 1
3/01  Introduction: Taiwan of the 1980 & “the economic miracle” 
Week 2
3/08  Taiwan of the 1980s: socio-politics, movement & democratization & healthy realism Film appreciation & discussion: Good Morning, Taipei (1979) 
Week 3
3/15  Taiwan of the 1980s: 1) Taiwan in search of a “national” culture; Taiwan New Cinema: the movement and key members 
Week 4
3/22  Film Appreciation & Discussion: Terrorizers (1986) 
Week 5
3/29  Taiwan New Cinema: aesthetics & politics Film appreciation & discussion: Dust in the Wind (1986) & Hou Hsiao-hsien 
Week 6
4/05  NO CLASS 
Week 7
4/12  Taiwanese Film of the 1990s: The Decline & the Second Wave; Awards & Festivals 
Week 8
4/19  STUDENT PRESENTATION WEEK 
Week 9
4/26  Midterm Exam Week Identity Politics: Ethnicity (student presentation, cont.) 
Week 10
5/03  Identity Politics: Feminist Movement 
Week 11
5/10  Gender/Sexuality & LBGT Issues Film Appreciation: Drifting Flowers (2008) and/or A Simple Talk (2016) 
Week 12
5/17  The Rise of Documentaries in Taiwan & In Search of Social/Land Justice Film appreciation and discussion: Sunflower Occupation (太陽.不遠, 2014) 
Week 13
5/24  Search for a Sense of Root in Space and Time: Westernization/Modernization and Colonial History Film Appreciation: Viva Tonal – The Dance Age (2003) 
Week 14
5/31  Film Appreciation: The Immortal’s Play (神戲, 2016) 
Week 15
6/07  A Multi-racial/cultural & Immigrant Society: Immigrant Spouses and Migrant Workers in Taiwan 
Week 16
6/14  Film Appreciation: Hip-Hop Storm (2010) 
Week 17
6/21  Epilogue & Trends in Taiwanese Film of This Decade 
Week 18
6/28  FINAL EXAM WEEK: final paper due