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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
ARTF5059M Critical Approaches to Photography
30 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr Maki Fukuoka
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryPhotographic images saturate every corner of contemporary society in a developed country to such an extent that it is difficult to spend a day without seeing a photographic image. Yet, the popular concepts in discussions of photography remain overused and unexamined at best ('truth,' 'reflection,' 'index'). By engaging with historical and cultural treatises about the medium and its property (how photography 'reflects' reality, how photographers 'see' differently, for instance) this module excavates the multiple layers of philosophical issues embedded in concepts such as 'truth,' 'reality,' and 'mediation' in thinking and writing about photographic images.
ObjectivesThis module surveys the major theoretical concepts in the study of photographic images and their meanings. This module aims to achieve the following three goals: students will become familiar with major discursive concerns in thinking about photography, learn to ‘see’ abstract issues informing the works examined, and vice versa, and engage in critical discourse on photographic images in our own words by incorporating, extending, and challenging the ideas we learn in class.
- Gain deeper understanding of key issues of photography to analyse photographic images from wide-ranging sources, including but not limited to art, popular culture, and anthropology.
- Understand how and to what extent ‘reading’ photographic images are informed by historical and cultural assumptions and practices.
- Gain set of analytical skills to see photographic images more critically and self-reflectively.
-Skilled visual and textual analysis
- Ability to construct a sustained and coherent argument
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual, and cultural information
Each week will cover a topic and the discursive debate surrounding it. They may include: the 'inventions,' social histories, modernism, imperialism, semiotics, gender, and digital. The course is structured in such a way that it creates an overall narrative that is vital in identifying and exploring problematic status of photographic images.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||270.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWritten assignments (biweekly responses and final essay) will be commented on turnitin. Class presentation will have a guideline and be assessed in accordance with the criteria set in the guideline.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||5000-6000 word essay||50.00|
|Written Work||Readers' responses (4 x 500 words)||25.00|
|Presentation||Presentation in class||25.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Readers' responses submitted biweekly throughout the semester
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 28/06/2018
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