Visual Culture - 2016

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Unit summary

COM120

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Online Discussion - Participation (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 2,188.00
International 2,438.00

This unit develops students’ understanding of the aesthetic, social and economic significance of visual culture by critically examining visual art practices, photography, film and television, style and fashion, advertising, news media genres and exhibitionary technologies. Students develop familiarity with a range of visual languages, genres and cultural industries, historical and contemporary practices of visual culture.

Students will become familiar with the histories of visual culture practices and industries, while developing, extend their understanding of visual languages, and gain experience in applying these knowledges and skills to the study of current transformations in visual culture.

  • Essay (50%)
  • Online Discussion — Participation (10%)
  • Research Assignment (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COMM120 — Visual Culture

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

If you are an existing student working towards the pre-2015 structure you will not need to into COM190. New students must enrol in both COM110 and COM190 prior to enrolling in COM120.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction and overview
2Art, Artists and Audiences
3Mass communications media
4The eye of the camera
5At the Movies
6The Simpsons: cartoons, comedy and satire
7Style, fashion and scenes
8Advertising: the magic system
9Making the news
10Big things
11Review
12Review
13Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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