BOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND

AST2BAB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This course explores the history, music, and storytelling of popular Hindi cinema, otherwise known as Bollywood. Bollywood films, recognisable by their song-and-dance numbers, deployment of international mega stars, and mashup of various film genres, are among the most widely watched films in the world. We will watch some of the most significant films of the Indian post-independence era, paying special attention to films that engage major historical and cultural moments. Alongside key readings in theory and method, we wil interpret the films as cultural texts. We will ask why these film narratives are so effective, and consider how films reflect and shape the postcolonial Indian culture in which they are created.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Woolford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Any first year Humanities subject

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBollywood: A Guide to Popular Hindi CinemaRecommendedGanti, Tejaswini, 2013ROUTLEDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Construct a well argued essay drawing on cinema, print, and online research

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial discussions, online responses, essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Describe conventions of popular Hindi cinema, using specific films as examples

Activities:
Tutorials, group discussions, online responses, essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Discuss key moments in India's postcolonial history, and explain how popular Hindi cinema illuminates our understanding of them

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial discussions, online responses, essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Analyze film sequences with reference to a specific critical framework

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial discussions, online responses, essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

05. Compare how varied styles of film address similar cultural or historical moments

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial discussions, online responses, essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

06. Master use of select social and video media tools for investigation of contemporary discussion of popular Hindi cinema

Activities:
Tutorials, group projects, online responses
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Woolford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Weekly online discussion (1000 equivalence)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Film Review (1000 words)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
Social Media Project (1000 words)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Comparative Analysis Project (1500 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06