SOC8048 : Visual Sociologies
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Elaine Campbell
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module introduces students to the eclectic world of visual sociologies, and positions sociological interest in 'visuality' within contemporary theories of social change and transformation.
(i) examines the centrality of 'the visual' to the cultural construction of social life;
(ii) explores key theoretical/conceptual perspectives on the 'visual';
(iii) introduces and practices a range of visual methodologies and frameworks of analytical inquiry;
(iv) critically explores the contours of 'visual cultures', noting the ethical, social and political relations and effects of visual objects and scopic regimes.
Outline Of Syllabus
Theme 1: Visual Cultures and Social Transformation (two hours - lecture, discussion and practical exercises)
The 'cultural turn'
Modernity and postmodernity
The society of the spectacle
Seeing with critical eyes
Theme 2: Theorising The Visual (two hours - lecture, discussion and practical exercises)
Erving Goffman on dramaturgy
Roland Barthes on photography
Jean Baudrillard on simulacra
Mikhail Bakhtin on carnival
Michel Focault on panopticism
Mieke Bal on 'visual essentialism'
Theme 3: Visual cultures and the ethics of looking (two hours - lecture, discussion and practical exercises)
Display and exhibition
The gaze, scopophilia and voyeurism
Theme 4: Analysing The Visual I (two hours - lecture, discussion and practical exercises)
The 'good eye' and compositional interpretation
Semiotic and representational analysis
Elements of a critical visual analysis
Theme 5: Analysing The Visual II (two hours - lecture, discussion and practical exercises)
Supplementary compulsory content
Fieldtrip - visual ethnography of campus
Fieldwork involving primary data collection (two hours)
Fieldwork workshop and discussion (two hours)
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||5||2:00||10:00||Incorporates interactive components|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||2:00||2:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||2:00||4:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||2:00||2:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||0:15||0:15||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||81:45||81:45||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures (five x two hours) engage students with the key theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to visual sociological work. These two hour sessions incorporate interactive and case study analysis components which provide students with the important 'hands-on' experience of applying theoretical understanding of visual life to a range of media, materials and data.
Workshops (two x two hours) are focused on: (i) a reflective review and discussion of the fieldtrip; and (ii) a practical and interactive session in which students present and discuss the data and findings of the fieldwork exercise.
Fieldtrip (two hours) facilitiates a focused fieldwork experience which takes students out of the classroom, and allows them to engage with, and explore in a very practical way, the material taught in lectures.
Fieldwork (two hours) will involve primary data colelction, and will further develop students' skills and confidence in undertaking a visual sociological research.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||A||100||2500 words - there is a choice to undertake an essay or a case study|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students are required to critically appraise published academic material to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of different theoretical, methodological and analytical perspectives on visual life. Students will be free to select for themselves the substantive topic of the essay.
Critical Case Study
Students will be required to submit a critical case study which will assess their ability to apply analytical and methodological frameworks to an area of visual life. Students will be free to select for themselves the material and focus of the critical case study.