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VSAR 113 - Visual Culture I
Course Code:
VSAR 113

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
An introduction to the analysis and reception of visual images and objects within their historical and social contexts.

Date First Offered:
2010-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45


Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
- The elements of perception: the eye and the brain
- The history of perspective
- Culture: high, low, mass and pop
- Modernity and the problem of the observer
- Camera obscura and the photograph
- Subjective vision and the division of labour
- The flaneur, public space and shopping
- Art in the age of mechanical reproduction
- The society of the spectacle
- The male gaze
- The machine eye


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and discuss key historical and cultural 'lenses' used in the history of art from the modern era to present
- Apply a critical and cultural awareness to the practise of their own studio work and the visual environment that surrounds them daily


Passing Grade:
C (60%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Assignments: 25 %
Participation: 10 %
Other: 10 %


Number of Assignments:
3

Nature of Participation:
Attendance, classroom activities and assignments, discussion

Writing Assignments:
Reading and response

Percentage of Individual Work:
90

Percentage of Group Work:
10

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Additional Comments:
Lectures will be based on slide and video presentations and class participation is expected. There will be class activities and in-class written assignments.

There will be one take home midterm exam as well as a final exam.

Students will keep a class journal and submit 4 short written responses to readings.
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