Given that photographs often become loaded with contested social, cultural and historical significance, this module will consider the ethics involved in the study of photographic social and cultural practices, and advance your awareness of the ways in which sociocultural complexities can affect the production and understanding of photographic records.
Theory and Photography
Explores historical and contemporary debates about photography, its veracity, its use and its development. You will read works by leading thinkers and writers from the fields of history, history of art, photography, history of technology, museum studies, history of ideas, philosophy, and the history of science. This module will equip you with the ability to use effective research strategies in your own work while combining hypothetical thinking with empirical evidence.
Photography and Industry
Questions the definition of industry as merely technology, broadening the concept to include motion picture, still and portrait industries, professional and amateur photography, fine art, chemical, scientific and manufacturing industries. You will gain a perspective on the industrial history of photography and learn more of the practices currently in use.
Furthers your ability to research photography and generate research proposals that answer your own research questions concerning photography by exploring digital humanities and building on your data management and writing skills.
Combines your research training, your knowledge of photographic history and your ability to employ research strategies, to deliver your master’s thesis on a subject of your own choice. Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to work independently while developing a deep knowledge of a particular element of photographic history.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current