Seeing Culture: Politics of Visual Representation - 2018

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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 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (15%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

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

Visual culture brings together a range of theories, practices and texts that explore the relationship between vision, visuality and the way people act in their everyday lives. This unit introduces students to a variety of critical concepts which can be used in the analysis of visual texts. Exploring a range of imagery and media, including film, television, photography and Information Technology, we look at the ways visual culture shapes (and is shaped by) our social worlds, our bodies and identities. In particular, we focus on relationships between the visual and normalising practices, contemporary politics, bodies and technologies. We explore notions of genre, discourse, power and textuality through the application and testing of methods of visual analysis in a range of contexts. 

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

1. Memorise basic aspects (contemporary and historical) of visual cultural studies and be able to apply them through a variety of activities and analyses.
2. Explain the politicised aspects of visual texts and Cultural Studies approaches to both their production and content (as discourses, texts, lived realities).
3. Critically review, analyse and synthesise findings.
4. Present work in a manner conforming to accepted academic standards. 
5. Appraise issues and debates specific to Cultural Studies practice and its associated philosophical and political underpinnings. 
  • Assignment 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (25%)
  • Assignment 4 (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.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Visual Culture
2Seeing Culture
3Seeing Signs
4Seeing Sex
5Seeing Race
6Seeing Otherness
7Seeing History & Events
8Seeing Technologies
9Visual Analysis Workshop

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 an approved elective 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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