Visual Culture

Final year module

Lecturer: Natalia Rulyova

The module is focused on the centrality of visual matters in the analysis of contemporary culture, media and society. It will provide a critical overview of the interdisciplinary debate on visuality, and demonstrate the relevance of visual matters for the study of classed, gendered, sexual and raced social identities. It aims to enable student to analyse and assess the social and cultural efficacy of identity politics of visibility, to apply appropriate theories to the analysis of visual matters, to critically interrogate the viewing subject and the viewed object.

Learning outcomes 

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • to exhibit an understanding of key theories and concepts in the area of visual culture;
  • to critically engage in the debate on visuality from a range of theoretical perspectives;
  • to apply a number of methodological approaches and relevant tools to the analysis of the visual;
  • to critically engage with key texts in the field;
  • to develop an ability to think critically about the role of visual matters in contemporary culture, media and society


  • 1 x 4000 word essay (50%)
  • 1 x 3 hour exam (50%)