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FS3022: ART AND SCIENCE A (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

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 First 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?

  • Programme Level 3
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Film And Visual Culture (FS)

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, embodiment, neuroculture, posthumanism, etc.), a new constellation of questions and a new technique/technology for imaging the body (anatomical dissection, X-ray, brain imaging, 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


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

Assignment One: Essay 1,500-2,000 words (30%)

Assignment Two: 3,000-4,000 words (50%)

Student Presentation: (10%)

Seminar Assessment Mark (SAM): (10%)

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

Feedback will be provided through comments on MyAberdeen submissions and essays.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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