Visual Culture and Film: Time travel in China Through Film
About the Program
The course discusses how to read the nuance of cultural codes through the medium of film, specifically examining how Chinese culture, religion, and history are depicted through visual language and artifacts in the films. The class will be comprised of students from UD and Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), the host institution in Nanjing, China and co-taught by faculty from both institutions. Students would gain the ability to produce a short film that would communicate information and ideas in thoughtful and creative ways, infusing them with their own cultural backgrounds.
The program consists of coursework, Chinese language lessons, visits to cultural and historical sites in Nanjing, and visits to nearby cities where the studied films were shot. A four-day fieldtrip to Xi’an will include a homestay and visits to the Terracotta Warriors museum and a film studio. Students will also spend the nation’s most celebrated annual Dragon Boat Festival holiday with their homestay family in Xi’an. The course will conclude with a visit to the forbidden city and the Great Wall of China in Beijing. This program provides a bilingual, cross-cultural environment with a cultural immersion experience, thereby allowing students to gain intercultural communication skills and improve intercultural competency to be better prepared for our rapidly globalized world.
Students are required to enroll in the 3 credit hour course noted below. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for the course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.
VAR 330: Comparative Visual Culture and Film: Time travel in China through the films
CAP: Diversity Social Justice; Crossing Boundaries - Integrative
Dr. Suki Kwon, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Design
Students must be 18 years of age and older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course will be posted here in October. Classes begin the first week of March and last until the end of the semester.
Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.
Cost and Refund Policy
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