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Visual Culture and Communication

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Course Number: 
COMM 290 910
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This course will introduce students to foundational aspects of visual communication theory and practice with particular attention to contemporary culture in the United States. Course readings will engage with critical questions of power, representation and ways of seeing in an increasingly globalized and digitally mediated context. Class discussions will unpack the power dynamics and visual regimes of race, gender, class, and citizenship. Historical case studies will supplement contemporary discussions of the visual. A key theme of this course will be creative forms of subversion and resistance—or, the “image politics” of visual communication. This course will be grounded in the everyday and will draw upon current events and contemporary controversies. Students will become well versed in the study and practice of visual communication—with the option of producing a final creative visual project or critical critique depending on students’ interests.   

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3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

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