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Centre for Media Studies

Contemporary Visual Cultures of the Middle East

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Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

 Critically engage visual and digital production for academia and the creative / communication industries.
 Assess the role of visual media in the public perception of the Middle-East; learn visual tools to master communicative policies on ‘Islam.’
 Contextualise the centrality of ‘post-production’ within all media forms and social contexts; practically experience the extent to which raw materials might be edited for diverse and alternative representations.

Scope and syllabus

For MA Global Media and Post-national Communication, it is a key option as it will present a theoretical toolkit for students to analyse, make sense and practically engage visual-led multimedia communication.  Concurrently, the application of the theoretical approaches to real scenarios in the Middle-East will allow participants to model diverse theories to the requirements of distinct socio-political contexts.  It will eventually function as an interesting additional regional option for MA Iranian Studies, for MA Media and the Middle East and MA Media in Development. It will be an important option for the new MA Digital Global Cultures.

Method of assessment

  • 5000  word assignment or essay of 2500 words theoretically contextualising a visual document / production = 90% of final mark
    • seminar presentation = 10% of final mark

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