Credits: 2

Schedule: 10.03.2017 - 07.04.2017

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Hanna Weselius

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): II

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): Students will enhance their academic reading skills. Via reading articles and analyzing current developments and events in the field, students will gain an understanding of different critical perspectives on photography.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): The course focuses on classical texts and contemporary debates on photography in the fields of visual cultural studies, gender studies, and media studies. With a practical 'hands-on' attitude, we study academic texts and contextualize them in the tradition of cultural theory and practice. Starting from classical writings by e.g. Erving Goffman, Rosalind Krauss and John Tagg, ending up with contemporary debates on the various uses of photography for different kinds of agendas in e.g. advertising, politics or social media, we build a critical understanding of photography's various roles, functions, and effects on visual culture and society. The course includes visiting artist/researcher lectures and visits to ongoing exhibitions/projects.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): Lectures, site visits, reading, writing exercises, group work, group discussions and presentations. Passing the course demands 80% attendance and successful completion of the work.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 2 ECTS (54 hours of work) is gained by attending the course meetings (15–18 teaching hours) and accomplishing the course tasks. To gain additional 1-2 ECTS, students can make an individual or group project after the course.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): To be defined by the teacher of the course.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): MA Photography students are prioritized. Other Aalto ARTS students may be accepted to the course in enrolment order or by requested application letter.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pass-Fail

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration to the course via WebOodi. Please see WebOodi for registration dates.

 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.

 

Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

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