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FS3520: TOPIC IN CONTEMPORARY FILM AND VISUAL CULTURE A (2014-2015)

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Course Overview

The Visual Culture of Science: Imaging the Body in-between Art and Medicine

This course offers as an introduction to what is known as visual culture of science and its relationship with the body in the Western world. It provides students with a critical understanding of issues related to the human body and its status in modern and contemporary society, with particular regard to the representation, production and display of still and moving images/visualizations of the body in between art and medicine.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Silvia Casini

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

None.

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course offers as an introduction to what is known as visual culture of science and its relationship with the body in the Western world. It provides students with a critical understanding of issues related to the human body and its status in modern and contemporary society, with particular regard to the representation, production and display of still and moving images/visualizations of the body in between art and medicine. Contemporary art practices and new media will be studied with consideration of their continuities and discontinuities with the visual cultures of the body in the pre-modern and modern period. Students will be invited to produce a visual artefact (a photograph, a drawing, a video, a web page, etc.) in order to critically engage with a key concept discussed in the course and to critically reflect on the medium constraints and opportunities. Methodologically, each week we will be guided by a different concept (eg. anatomy, representation, embodiment, reading/seeing an image, neuroculture, etc.), a new constellation of questions and a new technique/technology for imaging the body (anatomical dissection, X-ray, brain imaging, nanotechnologies, biomedical interfaces), always accompanied by a close analysis of a visual object, moving image or artefact.

 


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 2500-word essay (40%); 1 two-hour written examination (50%); Seminar Assessment (10%). Resit: Written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students are expected to complete blackboard submissions each week, on which feedback is provided. The essay is completed during the course. Feedback on this work will provided to the student in helping them to prepare for the examination.

Feedback

Through comments on MyAberdeen submissions and essays.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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