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ASIA 353 Introduction to Hindi Film

History, aesthetics, politics, and social roles of Bollywood films. Films will be subtitled.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
ASIA 353 001Web-Oriented Course2 Wed15:0016:00

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The Hindi films, commonly known as Bollywood is one of the most prominent and biggest film industries not only in India but also in the world. In India and South Asia in general, films have always been major source of entertainment. Along with the main aim of giving pleasure to moviegoers, the Hindi films have always played a vital role in shaping the South Asian society.

This introductory course offers an overview of Hindi film history through different time periods and different themes and patterns that prevailed in those periods. A representative collection of films will be screened and later taken for discussion in the class. The chronological screening of the films is based on themes, personalities and genres to represent different eras of the Hindi film history. Along with the films the students are required to read select articles on weekly themes. All the readings are in English and the films will have English subtitles, no knowledge of Hindi is required for the course.

UBC has confirmed that all Asian Studies Term 2 courses will be online. The meeting days and times currently displayed reflect the maximum time that students will be expected to meet synchronously with the instructor. Courses that are meeting for fewer than 3 hours per week will have traditional lectures replaced with asynchronous learning tasks. The overall workload of the course will remain unchanged.

Students will be required to watch 1 film a week on their own time before Wednesday's lecture.

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