2021 Special Lecture on Advanced Topics in Social and Human Sciences SB 2

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Kawamura Aya 
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Course description and aims

In this coursethe instructor introducet heories of visual culture studies,examining the texts written by Lev Manovich "Instagram and Contemporary Visual Culture". Students are requested to read texts. During the courses students are required to discuss on the topic of the text.This course aims to understand contemporary art through considering various topics.It also aims to understand the method of text reading.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will:・learn the theory for analyzing visual images.・understand various visual images and a critical viewpoint about visual culture.・be able to explain and comment on visual images, referring theories and knowledge.


visual culture, art theory, history, cultural anthropology, sociology, culture and representation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students are requested to read the text referring the seminar. All participants will read the text before the class, and have a further discussion

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 introduction Introduction about Manovich.Raise some issues for considering visual culture.
Class 2 Chap. 1 text reading and discussion
Class 3 Chap.2 text reading and discussion
Class 4 Chap.3 text reading and discussion
Class 5 Chap.4 text reading and discussion
Class 6 Essay1 text reading and discussion
Class 7 Essay2 text reading and discussion

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Lev Manovich Instagram and Contemporary VIsual Cuoture

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Related books and articles will be referred as necessary

Assessment criteria and methods

Class participation

Related courses

  • SHS.L415 : Trans-disciplinary Exercise in Social and Human Sciences S

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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