The course covers three subject areas:
1. The History of Visual Phenomena, 10 credits. The first concerns the history of change within visual culture, from Antiquity to the modern day, with particular focus on the connection and discrepancies between the technology used for the production and distribution of visual phenomena, as well as philosophies on visual phenomena and sight. Focus is also placed on a comparison between religious and secular traditions of visual images.
2. Knowledge and Power. 10 credits. The second subject are examines the connection beytween visual phenomena, knowledge, control and power, with the human body as carrier of expression and a prism. In particular, this course studies how power hierarchies – among others gender and ethnically based – are established, maintained and challenged in perceivable and unperceivable ways.
3. Aesthetics and Cultural Theory, 10 credits. The third subject area which is covered gives a parallel and comparative in-depth study into current aesthectical theory and current cultural theory, i e the two perspectives in which the humanistic study of visuals have, in particular, developed. Focus is on the differences between these two multifaceted schools of thought, and on possible combinations of their respective paradigms, models and concepts in the study of tangible visual phenomena. Particular emphasis is placed on an in-depth and multi-dimensional study of the processes behind the creation of meaning in the visual world.
Last modified 11 Feb 2013
Division of Art History and Visual Studies