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FR401D: PHOTOGRAPHY IN FRENCH CULTURE B (2023-2024)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2023 08:46


Course Overview

This course will explore the role and place of photography in French culture since the invention of the medium in the nineteenth century. It will consider some of the key trends and practitioners of French photography from the nineteenth century to the present, the broader place of photography in French culture and critical thinking about it, in particular through the work of Roland Barthes.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Edward James Welch

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

France prides itself on being the birthplace of photography in the early nineteenth century. Over the two centuries since then, photography has become established as a central part of French culture, and an important medium through which France portrays and understands itself. France has also produced some of the most influential critical thinking about photography. The course will consider some of the key trends and practitioners of French photography since the nineteenth century, as well as the broader place of photography in French culture, and the role played by photography in shaping a sense of France and Frenchness. It will also explore critical responses to photography, in particular through the work of cultural theorist Roland Barthes, who emerged as one of the most perceptive thinkers about photography in post-war France.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 19 Feedback Weeks 24

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Individual written feedback will be provided on coursework.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseYou will undertake critical analysis and interpretation of a range of visual images, texts and cultural forms.
ConceptualUnderstandYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to photography emerging out of French culture.
ConceptualUnderstandYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the role, place and function of photography in French culture.
ConceptualUnderstandYou will demonstrate an ability to synthesise material from a range of sources and to take account of the wider cultural context of the topic under consideration.
ProceduralApplyYou will develop skills of autonomous learning, independently applying insights gained on the course to unfamiliar material.
ProceduralApplyYou will conduct independent investigations drawing on appropriate research methodologies.
ProceduralCreateYou will articulate your views orally and in writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject.
ProceduralEvaluateYou will select, evaluate and organize primary and secondary material on the topic.
ReflectionCreateYou will reflect on your own relationship to and use of photography as a medium and cultural form.

Image Commentary

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 13 Feedback Weeks 16

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Individual feedback will be provided on coursework.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseYou will undertake critical analysis and interpretation of a range of visual images, texts and cultural forms.
ConceptualUnderstandYou will demonstrate an ability to synthesise material from a range of sources and to take account of the wider cultural context of the topic under consideration.
ProceduralApplyYou will develop skills of autonomous learning, independently applying insights gained on the course to unfamiliar material.
ProceduralApplyYou will conduct independent investigations drawing on appropriate research methodologies.
ProceduralCreateYou will articulate your views orally and in writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject.
ProceduralEvaluateYou will select, evaluate and organize primary and secondary material on the topic.
ReflectionCreateYou will reflect on your own relationship to and use of photography as a medium and cultural form.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Take Home Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Resit will take place during the July assessment period.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseYou will undertake critical analysis and interpretation of a range of visual images, texts and cultural forms.
ProceduralEvaluateYou will select, evaluate and organize primary and secondary material on the topic.
ConceptualUnderstandYou will demonstrate an ability to synthesise material from a range of sources and to take account of the wider cultural context of the topic under consideration.
ProceduralCreateYou will articulate your views orally and in writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject.
ProceduralApplyYou will develop skills of autonomous learning, independently applying insights gained on the course to unfamiliar material.
ProceduralApplyYou will conduct independent investigations drawing on appropriate research methodologies.
ConceptualUnderstandYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the role, place and function of photography in French culture.
ConceptualUnderstandYou will acquire a knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to photography emerging out of French culture.
ReflectionCreateYou will reflect on your own relationship to and use of photography as a medium and cultural form.

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