Module title: Histories 1: Photography

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD07115
Module leader: Alexander Supartono
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alexander Supartono
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
This module includes lectures, slides, powerpoint presentations, tutorials, and independent study to provide you with a variety of independent and group learning opportunities. It is supported by VLE to promote student discussion and collaboration outside of class hours. You will learn the basic methodologies of historical research (LO2) and explore a variety of historiographic approaches that have been applied to photography (LO4) when preparing your essays and weekly coursework. Understanding of a variety of historiographic methods is essential for you not only to recognise the diversity within photographic history, but also to evaluate photographs within their historical and academic contexts (LOs 1 and 3).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module requires you to develop effective time management skills, project management skills, clear presentation skills, and the ability to work within guidelines. It encourages you to initiate and develop discursive abilities both in class and outside of the lecture with your colleagues to supplement individual learning activities. The module also requires you to develop research skills, academic literacy, critical skills, and the ability to present your ideas effectively.

Assessment (formative and summative)
In this module you will complete two summative assessments, in the form of a short essay (LOs 1.3 & 4) and a long formal essay (1,2,3 & 4). Summative assessments will be evaluated on the quality of research, argument, essay formatting, referencing, and overall presentation. Mid-trimester feedback will be provided in sufficient time and detail to aid improvements for the final essay.

Research/ teaching linkages
Staff research interests and ongoing scholarship support the design and delivery of this module to ensure that it reflects contemporary developments in photographic history.

Supporting equality and diversity
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Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
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Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,3,4 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Essay 60 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

On this module you will examine the diversity of early photography, the plural developments in narrative and representational styles following the medium’s first decade, pictorialism, the rise of modernist art and documentary photography in the 1920s, the new objectivity, Soviet constructivism and French surrealism, the introduction of colour and a variety of other post-war photographic movements. Students will work within a collaborative space which allows for a broader exchange of ideas and acts as a sounding board as well as offering wider perspectives and research possibilities.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate an awareness of canonical photographs and photographers in the history of the medium
LO2: Recognise the diversity and complexity of photographic practice and its applications throughout the history of the medium
LO3: Outline knowledge of photography’s social, cultural and technological determinants
LO4: Outline basic historiographic methods that have been used to illuminate photography throughout its history.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - BARRETT, TERRY (2012) CRITICIZING PHOTOGRAPHS: AN INTRODUCTION TO UNDERSTANDING IMAGES: LONDON: MCGRAW-HILL, 2012nd ed.
Core - BOLTON, RICHARD, ED (1992) THE CONTEST OF MEANING: CRITICAL HISTORIES OF PHOTOGRAPHY: LONDON: MIT PRESS, 1992nd ed.
Core - MARIEN, MARY WARNER (2010) PHOTOGRAPHY: A CULTURAL HISTORY: LONDON: LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING
, 2010
Core - TAGG, JOHN (1993) THE BURDEN OF REPRESENTATION: ESSAYS ON PHOTOGRAPHIES AND HISTORIES: LONDON: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 1993rd ed.
Core - WELLS, LIZ (2009) PHOTOGRAPHY: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION: LONDON: ROUTLEDGE, 2009th ed.
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