ASOA15081U Visual Sociology
Course package (MSc 2015):
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
Knowledge, organisation and politics
This course introduces students into methods and empirical
approaches to the study of visual sociology drawing on
interdisciplinary theories and methods in visual and cultural
studies, media and digital communication, narrative, gender
studies, and discourse analysis. In this course we will critically
investigate how images are constructed and spread in digital
publics and news media, among policy makers and in globalized
arenas of politics, policy-making, and protest. Visual images have
been studied by media theorists, art historians and by empirical
analysts of gender, culture, media, political discourse and
postcolonial studies. Only lately have sociologists started to
conduct visual analysis. We trace how journalists, bloggers, or
non-profit organizations as well as critical writers and theorists
try to challenge dominant images and visual representations, and we
investigate how cultural codes, familiar stories and specific
stereotypes shape the boundaries of democracy and public
This course is fairly empirical and it requires students to hold in-class presentations and written assignments throughout the semester and conduct their own empirical Portfolio paper analysis guided by interdisciplinary theories and methods for visual analysis. Students will learn to analyse visuals using a variety of different methods including ethnography for the study of face-to-face publics, and comparative analysis to study digital media and (trans-)national public spaces.
The course will provide the students with knowledge of
- the core sociological research literature within the thematic field of the course, and
- familiarity with the recent literature on visual sociology including interdisciplinary research on visuals in visual theory and art history, visual culture, gender, media studies and digital media, narrative and discourse studies.
Students will have trained their ability to
- compare and contrast key theoretical perspectives that are central to the thematic field of research within the course
- identify significant international and interdisciplinary developments in research on visual sociology.
- apply and critically discuss key theoretical concepts within the thematic field of the course
- review and reflect on the interdisciplinary scientific literature on visual sociology acquiring insights into a number of different disciplines and their conceptualization of the themes we discuss as well as their state of the art.
Further, students should also be able to
- assess and discuss practical relevance of their analysis for key actors, issues, and problems within and across the methodological and thematic fields addressed by the course.
In carrying out the presentations, projects, and written assignments students demonstrate that they have acquired competencies that allow them to independently
- identify and analyse empirical cases and settings for research on the themes of the course.
Readings include peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters,
films, literary narratives and digital media storytelling,
newspaper articles and videos. Students are required to read
approximately 600-700 pages.
Students are also expected to choose supplementary reading materials for their presentations, projects, and written assignments (approximately 300 pages).
Students are expected to contribute actively to discussion of core theoretical-analytical tools as well as the more specific analytical examples and case studies. In their written assignments, including the final portfolio paper assignment, students are expected to identify their own analytical questions and demonstrate their capacity to critically assess and analyse empirical data based on the examples and case studies we discuss in class.
Students should also expect to review literature and assess empirical data besides the course texts. Aspects of conducting literature reviews within the relevant field of research will be taught and trained.
Registration deadline for courses is June 1st for
Autumn semester and December 1st for Spring semester.
Registration deadline for Summer school is June 1st.
The ordinary period for registration for Summer courses is from November 15th to December 1st.
If the course is full after this period, it will NOT be offered for registration again, in the extra period for registration from May 15th to June 1st.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
International exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form: course registration.
Credit students: klik her
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioIndividual or group.
A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
- Exam registration requirements
Students must be enrolled under either BSc Curriculum 2016 or MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
Credit- and Exchage students can be at both bachelor and master level.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Find more information on your study page at KUnet.
Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
The curriculum is currently being revised and because of that, there can be changes in the re-exam types.
We will update the descriptions here on kurser.ku.dk as soon as they are approved by the Faculty.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome.