|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Workload Breakdown||Taught sessions - 10 hours General reading and seminar preparation - 30 hours Research and writing for the 2500 word essay - c. 60 hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||2 seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||essay 2500 word essay||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||essay As above, different essay questions|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the alternative (and esoteric) influences on the history of photograpy discussed in the course.
Evidence a basic knowledge of some of the key principles that have formed the basis of a belief in the veracity of photography since its invention and the counter-arguments to such a reading.
Frame an argument and formulate an essay in response to questions about photographers and photographs covered in the module syllabus.
This is a level one module to be offered to single and joint honours Fine Art and Art History students. It augments the current choice of art history modules at Part 1 and is designed to offer a new area of study that complements others taught in the School of Art. The historical period and context of this module draws on the co-ordinator's art historical research and background as a photographer. The module will also offer a historical context for the significant number of students in the department who opt for photography.
Through case studies, this module explores an alternative history of photography that involves the occult, pseudo-science, and political manipulation. Adopting a revisionist approach to received wisdom, it examines the power that the photographic image has and continues to wield.
- Magic, Alchemy and Optics
- The Photographic Trace
- Mapping the World, Mapping the 'Other'
- Victorian Underworld: Through a Lens Darkly
- Mediums, Ghosts and the Undead
- 'Photosmagoria': Photography, Science and the Occult
- Examining artworks from the School of Art Collection
- The Hitler Avatar: Propaganda, Esoterics and the Photographic Fetish
- Shades of Doubt: The Holocaust Industry and the Photographic Icon
- A film showing and discussion
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Taught and interactive (lectures & seminars) and through academic writing|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will have the chance to reflect on their learning and performance through essay feedback.|
|Information Technology||Word processing, dealing with digital images and use of Blackboard and other e-learning interfaces.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Time management and self-directed research.|
|Research skills||The essay requires the student to effectively carry out research using the Hugh Owen Library and possibly the National Library.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Visual analysis and textual analysis.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4