DD8002 Ways of Seeing: Exploring Visual Culture

(ADM270)

[Lecture: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]
Pre-requisite : NIL
Academic Unit : 3 AU
Course Description :
Learning Objective

To deliver to students a basic critical toolbox with which the student can read, dissemble and understand the many forms of modern and contemporary visual culture.

Content

Studying a range of art forms such as film, television, photography, performance and new media, this course encourages students to consider the ways in which images may be read and the contexts in which they may be understood. It also looks at the assumptions around which we might comprehend notions of media consumption, spectatorship, and participation in a range of media.

 

Course Outline

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Topic

1

Looking in Context

2

Sense & Aesthetics; Representation & Meaning

3

The Spectating Subject; Looking at the Other

4

Realism(s)

5

Perspectivism

6

Scientific Looking

7

Art and Reproduction

8

Media Audiences

9

Commodity Cultures; Cultural Jamming

10

Simulations

11

Concepts of Globalisation

12

Global Media Flows

13

Remote Sensing

Learning Outcome

The students will be able to critically examine and reflect upon contemporary and modern cultural practice.

Student Assessment

  1. Continuous Assessment: 100% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Lecture-based sessions
  • Individual and group written assignments

Textbooks/References

  1. Marita Sturken, Lisa Cartwright, Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture, Oxford University Press
  2. Dan Laughey, Media Studies: Theories and Approaches, Kamera Books
  3. Paul Marris, Sue Thornham Media Studies: A Reader, Edinburgh University Press
  4. Bernadette Casey, et al, Television Studies: The Key Concepts, Routledge
  5. David Trend, Reading Digital Culture, Blackwell
  6. John Monaco, How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia, Oxford University Press
  7. Susan Hayward, Key Concepts in Cinema Studies, Routledge
  8. Sadie Plant, The Most Radical Gesture: The Situationist International in a Postmodern Age, Routledge