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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT3013: Visual Anthropology: Methods and Perspectives

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

  • To provide an overview of current perspectives and methods in visual anthropology
  • To introduce you to diverse materials in anthropology of art and photography, ethnographic film and cinema studies
  • To encourage a direct and sustained engagement with visual forms of communication as tools for understanding anthropological concepts
  • To develop an anthropological grasp of the politics and practices of representation

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. display an understanding of the visual media and cultures;
2. develop complex arguments regarding the methodological and substantive issues associated with visual anthropology;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. critically evaluate contemporary anthropological and related texts;
4. display an understanding of the discipline’s approach to visual culture in relation to other approaches and explanations offered in the humanities and social sciences;
5. appreciate key issues relevant to the visual methods, and develop critical, comparative and cross-cultural insight;
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate transferable skills in formulating, researching and addressing focused questions;
7. prepare focused and comprehensive written presentations;
8. work independently and in collaboration with others;
9. demonstrate cross-cultural understanding, translation and comparison, which will be of advantage in many professional settings; and
10. prepare and deliver considered oral arguments.