ENG489 Visual Culture Studies
Course Aims This course equips students with the tools for a more critical understanding of everyday visual experiences. It draws on cultural texts, such as photography, cinema and television, digital media, internet and web images, video and computer games, anime and manga, advertisements, fashion and architecture, as well as visual culture theories to discuss issues ranging from nationality, gender, class, and race, to postmodernism, consumerism, and post-colonialism. With advances in visual and media technologies, society has been increasingly predominated by visual signs and spectacle since the beginning of the 20th century.