ENGFLM 0401: Introduction to Visual Culture

This course aims to develop reading and writing skills that can be used to better interpret visual cultural and its role in contemporary life. Using a wide variety of media, including film, television, advertisements, fashion magazines, museum exhibits, comic books, painting, graffiti, video games, the Web, and photography, the course focuses on understanding how conceptions of visuality, gender, race, and politics shape not only definitions of high and low culture but also questions of knowledge and being. The class aims to find connections amongst all elements of culture, often positioning the students as the active analysts of everyday visual objects.