Social Sciences Media & Communication
This programme aims to introduce students to the key meanings and structures of visual culture and thus help them investigate the ways in which cultural meanings are articulated, interpreted and communicated through different forms of visual-cultural practices, such as films, photographs, advertisements and museum displays etc. This programme will also introduce a range of visual research methods and media production techniques which develop students’ capacities in both analysing and creating visual-oriented projects.
QF Level: 6
QR Registration No.: 19/000082/L6
Validity Period: from 01 Feb 2019 to on-going
Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the certificate for module, students should be able to:
1. critically interpret and apply the key concepts and theories in visual and cultural studies;
2. critically evaluate the interaction between visual media, society and cultures;
3. apply research methodologies to collect, analyse and represent visual information;
4. make critical judgments on contemporary visual-cultural practices.
- The visualisation of cultures
- Visual information & methodologies
- Realism in trouble: the crisis of non-fictional images
- Rhetorics of the image: advertising and beyond
- Politicised images: Propaganda
- Photojournalism: watching wars
- Visualising others
- Cultural visualiser: Museum
- Gendered vision: Pornography
- Visualising self in the age of social media
- Space, place & memory in visual culture
- Creativity and resistance in digital culture
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To complete the programme, students are required to achieve 80% attendance of the programme and pass all the assignment. A Certificate for Module (Visualising Culture) will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE to those who have successfully completed the programme.
Lectures (24 hours):
As a critique-based programme, a lecture-preview reading assignment is given for each lecture. It consists of a small portion of the reading that will serve as a quick yet crucial introduction to the lecture. Students are required to do the reading before the lecture.
In tutorial, students will be asked to form small groups to discuss, critically examine and present an assigned topic, as well as working on an extended research project. Before each tutorial, students are required to finish assigned readings (usually two book chapters and/or a journal article) and to do extensive individual research after class. The tutorial allow students to engage in peer discussions, to develop critical and analytical skills. Students will explore a variety of skills in analysing images and media texts.
Workshops (6 hours):
2 practical workshops will be held to equip students with the necessary hands-on skills for utilising visual research tools and analysing visual information and data. Students are expected to further familiarise themselves with these tools when they work on their research project, which requires students are required to do extensive individual research after class.
Site Visits (6 hours):
Students will be asked to visit specified museum and/or cultural exhibitions, gather and analyse visual information, and as a study group produce a written presentation of 2,000 words.
Written assignment (40%) + Group oral presentation (60%)
1. (a) hold a bachelor’s degree in areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, IT or Business, or equivalent,
awarded by a recognised institution;
(b) (i) hold a sub-degree or higher diploma awarded by a recognised institution; and
(ii) have two years of recognised professional experience;
2. obtain a score of 6.5 in IELTS (no band less than 6.0), or equivalent (for those graduated from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction).
Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.
HK$150 (Non-refundable)Course Fee
- Course Fee : HK$10,000
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Certificate for Module (Visualising Cultures)
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|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Certificate for Module (Visualising Cultures)
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