Visual Research Methods

MA Social Research module 

Module Outline

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of visual research. It emphasises the wide variety of visual data available; paintings, photography, film and video. Strategies for locating and utilising this range of data are then examined, discussed and applied with an emphasis on issues of interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Identify a variety of visual sources appropriate to social science research (generally) and proposed research project (specifically);
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of visual data for use in social research;
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the interpretative models available to social science researchers;
  • Analyse and interpret a range of visual data;
  • Assess the applicability of interpretative models to different kinds of visual data;
  • Participate effectively in a range of learning activities;

Course Assessment

An annotated source analysis and essay (3000 words).