Course Title: Processes & Cultures of Photography 102

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Processes & Cultures of Photography 102

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Gordon Pickard

Course Coordinator Phone: 0399253717

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 36.2.09

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Cultures of Photography

This course provides you with knowledge and understanding of the theorectical principles of photography that will enable you to analyse and articulate ideas around historical and contemporary photographic images and practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Cultures of Photography:
On completion of this course, you will be able to:

•    engage with the work of international photographers who embody a diversity of cultural and social representation
•    provide an historical overview of the origins of photographic genres studied
•    engender an approach to research that utilises a range of primary and secondary research material and locations such as the University’s Library, journals, books, the Internet and public collections and galleries;
•    develop verbal and written skills in the dissemination and presentation of research material 

Overview of Learning Activities

Cultures of Photography:
• ’Deconstructing the Essay Question’
• Annotated Bibligraphy Assignment (Harvard Style)
• Research based essay that will encourage critical thinking and the ability to express visual literacy

• This module is taught through a series of class exercises, lecture format and tutorials

Overview of Learning Resources

Berger, John Ways of Seeing, Penguin Books,1972
Cotton, Charlotte 2009, the photograph as contemporary art, Thames and Hudson
Lester, Paul Visual Communication: Images with Messages, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1995

Clarke, Graham. The Photograph. Oxford History of Art Oxford paperbacks; 1st Edition (10 April 1997)

Overview of Assessment

Cultures of Photography:

You are expected to actively and regularly contribute to class activities and to demonstrate your understanding of  the issues raised.

You will have three assessment tasks throughout this semester for Cultures.  Further details can be found in this Course Guide under ’Assessment Tasks’ as well as on Blackboard.