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HI4002: SPECIAL SUBJECT: VISUALISING THE MODERN (2016-2017)

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Course Overview

Photography and film are synonymous with industrial modernization, but how did these new forms of technology affect the ways in which the nation was understood? With a focus on sources and interpretation, this course examines how culture is produced in the dialogue between historical narrative and visual representation. Having considered the contribution of pre-existing forms such as painting in conveying a distinctive iconography, the analysis investigates the work of commercial photographers during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. This is followed by an exploration of the documentary, firstly via photojournalism, and secondly through film. Download course guide.

 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Andrew Blaikie

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Either Erasmus Off Campus or History (HI)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HI4015 Special Subject 1 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

 

Photography and film are synonymous with industrial modernization, but how did these new forms of technology affect the ways in which the nation was understood? With a focus on sources and interpretation, this course examines how culture is produced in the dialogue between historical narrative and visual representation. Having considered the contribution of pre-existing forms such as painting in conveying a distinctive iconography, the analysis investigates the work of commercial photographers during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. This is followed by an exploration of the documentary, firstly via photojournalism, and secondly through film. Case studies then explore the complex role of visual material in ethnology and memory studies.

 

Further Information & Notes

Students are not permitted to register for this course after the end of week 2 of teaching.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • One 3-hour written examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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