20 credits at level HE6
To draw on research from psychology, sociology, philosophy, cybernetics and film theory to examine i) the nature of visual media and imagery, ii) the various philosophical and theoretical ways in which we can account for our response to such media, and iii) the interrelationship(s) between subjectivity, culture and these media.
• The psychology of visual perception.
• What is a photograph?
• The (psycho)social history of photography and the moving image.
• Realism and representation.
• Telling a story: narrative approaches to the visual image.
• Culture writ large: discourse and the visual image.
• A critical examination of the power of the visual image (film & artwork) in relation to its ability to influence political belief.
• Psychoanalytic approaches to film.
• An exploration of the moving image as a vehicle for thought.
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 8 weeks of class contact and four weeks of independent learning/practical work supported by group tutorials. Each lecture session will consist of a three hour lecture or combination of lecture and workshop/practical session.
The four weeks of independent learning/practical work will be devoted to collecting/producing and analysing a range of photographs utilising one or a number of the perspectives introduced in the lectures.
The first item of coursework will an essay based on a selection of topics drawn from the syllabus. The second item of coursework will involve a practical write-up derived from the work conducted during the independent learning sessions.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate a critical understanding of a variety of ways in which the visual image may be conceptualised.||Offer a critical appraisal of historical and current conceptualisations of the visual image.|
|2.||Show awareness of the role of the visual image in contemporary culture.||Discuss a variety of ways in which the visual image is embedded within contemporary culture.|
|3.||Show an awareness of the narrative and discursive functions of the visual image.||Discuss the ways in which visual images are utilised in either private or public spheres.|
|4.||Demonstrate a clear understanding of the interrelationship(s) between subjectivity, culture and the visual image.||Offer a critical appraisal of a variety of theoretical accounts of the interrelationship(s) between subjectivity, culture and the visual image.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2,000 word essay||2,000 word practical report|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bergson, H. (1911) Matter and Memory. London: George Allen and Unwin.
Braudy, L. and Marshall, C. (2004) Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory readings. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Deleuze, G. (1985) Cinema 2: the time-image. London: Athlone.
Bonnell,V.E. (1997) Iconography of Power: Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin. London: University of California Press.
Clark, T. (1997) Art and Propaganda in the Twentieth Century: The political image in the age of mass culture. London: Weidenfield.
Ehrenzweig, A. (1967) The Hidden Order of Art: A study in the psychology of artistic imagination. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press.
Gibson, J.J. (1986) The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. London: Erlbaum.
Gombrich, E.H. (1959) Art and Illusion: A study in the psychology of pictorial representation. London: Phaidon Press.
Marr, D. (1981) Vision: A computational investigation into the human representation and processing of visual information. San Fransico: W.H.Freeman.
Roberts, J. (1998) The Art of Interruption: Realism, photography and the everyday. Manchester: Manchester Univ. Press.
Savedoff, B.E. (2000) Transforming Images: How photography complicates the picture. London: Cornell Univ. Press.
Sontag, S. (2002) On Photography. London: Penguin.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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