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ARTV302 Theories and Debates (Advanced)

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Introduction to current debates, or a current debate, in the field of Visual Culture Studies.

ARTV 302 "Theories and Debates" offers an overview of the range of issues introduced in 100-level and 200-level ARTV papers while preparing students for graduate research in visual culture studies. Examining a selection of films that illustrate the crucial debates defining the field, the paper asks, in the words of Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright: "In this increasingly visual world, how can we best decipher and understand the many ways that our everyday lives are organised around looking practices and the many images we encounter each day?"

Paper title Theories and Debates (Advanced)
Paper code ARTV302
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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One 200-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC paper or 54 points
ARTV 202, VISC 203, VISC 301, VISC 303
Schedule C
Arts and Music
To be advised
Teaching staff
To be advised
Required: Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture, Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Additional course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
At the paper's conclusion, the successful student will be able to:
  • Describe and distinguish between the major theories, methodologies and debates that inform current research in visual culture studies
  • Undertake exercises in visual analysis, including film analysis, textual analysis and analysis of the way the above interface together
  • Describe the place of visual experience in society
  • Think critically about images and visuality in a range of contexts, such as art, advertising, cinema, medical imaging, moving image installation, television, etc.
  • Think critically about the consequences of visual media in contemporary culture in social, cultural, ethical and political contexts
  • Undertake research in visual culture studies, including problem identification associated with research and problem solving associated with research
  • Effectively communicate ideas and construct convincing arguments verbally
  • Effectively communicate ideas and construct convincing arguments in written form
  • Write an effective scholarly research essay that meets disciplinary standards in the Humanities in terms of clarity of expression, accuracy, organisation, documentation and citation
  • Undertake research in visual culture studies at the postgraduate level

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Not offered in 2020

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This paper is taught On Campus
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