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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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. 

    • Introduction to Visual Culture
    • Seeing Culture
    • Seeing Signs
    • Seeing Sex
    • Seeing Race
    • Seeing Otherness
    • Seeing History & Events
    • Seeing Technologies
    • Visual Analysis Workshop
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-CLT120


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 subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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. 

  • Assignment 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (25%)
  • Assignment 4 (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

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  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing