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Unit information: Theories of Visual Culture: Text and Image in 2021/22

Unit name Theories of Visual Culture: Text and Image
Unit code MODLM2048
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Knight
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit introduces students to competing and complementary theories of Visual Culture and Text: these are studied in the context of a 'longer view' of the modern tradition of literary criticism and art history, and word/image studies. Students will explore the encounter between visual/textual culture and modern theories of visuality informed by gender studies, postcolonial thought, film studies, performance studies, new historicism, poststructuralism, reception theory and psychoanalysis. This unit is a core unit for students following the Visual Cultures: Text and Image pathway of the MA Modern Languages, and is available as an option to other students on this and other MAs in the School of Modern Languages and Faculty of Arts.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Knowledge and understanding of major strands of European thought, literature, history and culture
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the commonalities and diversity of European culture, broadly defined
  3. Students will be able to interpret and evaluate literary and other works and cultural/historical/intellectual trends
  4. Students will be able to synthesise information from a variety of sources, evaluate competing interpretations and make reasoned academic judgements
  5. Students will be able to compare the textual and other cultural products of different cultures, making fresh and imaginative connections between disparate material Students will be able to critically survey, analyse and interpret complex texts
  6. Students will be able to communicate effectively and present a cogent and comprehensive argument, both orally and in writing
  7. Students will be able to make appropriate use of information technology for research and presentation of work
  8. Students will be able to undertake research using appropriate source materials
  9. Students will be able to work independently and to deadlines, to an exacting scholarly level.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered online through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Details

1 x 5000 word essay


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