Module Details

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Title Visual Cultures: Institutions, Exhibitions, Interventions
Code COMM761
Coordinator Dr J Blejmar
Communication and Media
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This module aims to:
Develop and enhance students’ ability to read, discuss and write critically about cultural institutions and their historical and contemporary practices.
Provide students with an introduction to the main theories, concepts and debates on cultural institutions and artistic practices from different theoretical perspectives and disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, museums studies, and visual culture.
Offer students insights into the work of a key area of the creative industries associated with issues of heritage, memory, visual art and culture.
Equip students with tools of critical cultural analysis to evaluate media practices, technologies and institutions.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain the capacity to identify what makes objects meaningful in private and public collections.

(LO2) Students will gain the ability to discuss relevant theories, debates and key concepts in the analysis of cultural institutions and artistic practices.

(LO3) Students will gain a critical awareness of the role and value of cultural institutions.

(LO4) Students will gain the ability to discuss the impact of digital technologies and new media in cultural institutions and artistic practices.

(S1) The ability to analyse theories and concepts and apply knowledge

(S2) Oral literacy and presentation skills

(S3) Applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions for the creation, preservation and valorisation of cultural institutions and artistic practices

(S4) Consider ethical and social responsibility in the creation, preservation and valorisation of culture



Topics covered would include (not necessarily in this order):

Cultural Institutions and Artistic Practices: An Introduction

Exhibiting Culture: Early Museums and World’s Fair Exhibitions

The Archive, the Collection and the Exhibition: Curatorial Approaches

Case Study 1: Guest speaker* from the Tate or Open Eye Gallery

Cultural Memory and Everyday Objects: Souvenirs and Memorabilia

Cultural Memory and Heritage: Sites of Memory and (Anti)Monuments

Case Study 2: Guest speaker* from the Museum of Slavery or the Museum of Liverpool

Urban Interventions, Cultural Events and ‘Artivism’

Cultural Institutions and Artistic Practices in the Digital Age

Case Study 3: Guest speaker* from FACT, or representative from the Cultural Olympiad

Please note that invited speakers are indicative only. Invited guests and the organisations they represent will change depending on avail ability and suitability to the module aims and outcomes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Summary of Learning and Teaching Methods:
Teaching method: workshop
Description: weekly lecture combined with interactive discussion
This activity may be online or on campus and could be subject to changes.
Schedule directed student hours: 24
Unscheduled directed student hours: 126
Attendance recorded: YES
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: reading module learning materials (key and suggested literature, lecture slides, additional reference material provided); assessment preparation.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           24

Timetable (if known)           120 mins X 1 totaling 24
Private Study 126


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Exhibition proposal Resit opportunity = Yes Anonymous = Yes  -3000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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