East Asian Studies taster session

This taster session gives you an insight into studying East Asian Studies at university.

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The Rise of Game Survival Narratives in East Asian Cinema + Television

You will get an introduction from our undergraduate admission tutor on why the East Asia region is a fascinating and important area to study, followed by a brief overview of The School of East Asian Studies and why you should consider studying with us.

In this short taster lecture we'll look at the cultural manifestations and growing popularity of the ‘game survival narrative’ in East Asian cinema and television. Starting with the renowned Japanese film ‘Battle Royale’ (2000), and moving towards the present day South Korean hit ‘Squid Game’ (2021), we’ll consider how we might use examples from this unique dystopian genre to better understand the social and political landscapes of contemporary East Asian societies.

Participants will also experience language tasters in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.


Age group: Year 12 and Year 13


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Schedule

Please note, this is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

Time Activity
3.45pm Log-in & get comfortable
3.55pm

Why study East Asia? - Dr Martyn Smith, Admissions Tutor

Introduction from our undergraduate admission tutor on why the East Asia region is a fascinating and important area to study, followed by a brief overview of The School of East Asian Studies and why you should consider studying with us.

4.15pm

Cultural taster lecture - Gemma Ballard

'The Rise of Game Survival Narratives in East Asian Cinema + Television' Lecture:

In this short lecture, we’ll look at the cultural manifestations and growing popularity of the ‘game survival narrative’ in East Asian cinema and television. Starting with the renowned Japanese film ‘Battle Royale’ (2000), and moving towards the present day South Korean hit ‘Squid Game’ (2021), we’ll consider how we might use examples from this unique dystopian genre to better understand the social and political landscapes of contemporary East Asian societies.

4.45pm Japanese language taster
4.55pm Chinese language taster
5.05pm Korean language taster
5.15pm Q&A with current students – find out why they chose to study East Asia and why they came to Sheffield. Each student will introduce themselves and talk about why they chose their course and what they find fascinating about the country of study, we'll then open up to questions.

Contact us

For informal enquiries please email tasterdays@sheffield.ac.uk

Undergraduates

Advance Register for Clearing

We have places on our undergraduate courses this autumn. If you've already got your results you can apply now, or if you're still waiting for results get your name on the list by advance registering.