Seeing Culture: Vision, Visuality and the Senses - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as CLT120 Seeing Culture: Vision, Visuality and the Senses.

Visual culture and its effects are everywhere. Studying visual culture can help us move beyond the camera tricks and optical illusions towards understanding what we see more clearly. Over the session we look at a range of ways of seeing culture over time and with different media, working from the selfie backwards to spectacles, frames, vectors, science and history. We look at key moments in art, science and advertising in terms of how visual culture has developed and been shown to us, hoping to leave with sharper focus on what our eyes tell us and how that has an impact on how we see ourselves and the world around us. Contemporary and classic cultural studies theory will help us, but a plain language and popular culture application will also be important.

At the completion of this unit students have developed the following skills:

  1. understand the basic aspects (contemporary and historical) of visual cultural studies and be able to apply them through a variety of activities and analyses;
  2. evaluate politicised aspects of visual texts in terms of given Cultural Studies approaches 
  3. analyse and synthesise findings, and be able to present work in a manner conforming to accepted academic standards
  4. understand and demonstrate issues specific to Cultural Studies practice and its associated philosophical and political underpinnings.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (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:

  • CLT120 — Seeing Culture: Vision, Visuality and the Senses

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Seeing Culture - why do we believe our eyes?
2Framing visual culture
3Visual aesthetics
4Visual culture/consumer culture
5Seeing sex and sexuality
6Seeing race, class and otherness
7Seeing history and events
8Seeing science, connections and boundaries
9Seeing and creating real and imagined spectacles
10Camera tricks, technology and reframing
11Selfies and how we share ourselves online
12Seeing memory and remakes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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