The Mediality of Culture, Cultural Iconology, and Visual Studies

Course Description: 

The recent academic career of "Visual Studies" has an important component, which examines the role of images (whether moving, pictorial, or verbal) in defining culture and constituting its mediality. Studies of Visual Culture represent much more than research into pictures, let alone works of art.  This scholarly field employs multidisciplinary and cross-faculty approaches concerning a variety of aspects that constitute the visual world as well as its perception and creation by humans. The course concentrates on the changing role and channels of visual communication from the late Middle Ages till the present practices. There is a long-lasting scholarly attempt to define the relationship and the interactions between images and texts, artist and audience, message and reception/perception, therefore, this course intends to deal with the most thought-provoking and cutting-edge propositions dealing with visual culture. 

Learning Outcomes: 

The course develops a comprehensive and critical understanding of the visual culture within different chronological and cultural contexts. It provides familiarity with current re­search in the field, elaborating a range of art historical, historical and interdisciplinary ap­proaches. In terms of skills, ability to read and see with a new awareness as well as to synthesize information successfully should be enhanced. Ability to employ higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. 


Regular class attendance is mandatory. All members are expected to be active par­ticipants in the course. Each class will include the discussion of the assigned readings. Credits and marks are given based on class participation (20%) two class-journals (summary of lectures and of reading assignments) (40%) and an in-class written exam (during the exam period; 40%).