Sample courses

Here are short descriptions of sample courses that I proposed and developed:

Visual Research Methods for Humanities and Social Sciences (20-24 contact hours, 2016 and 2018), MA-level course, including introduction to visual studies, participatory visual methods, researcher-generated data and methods of analysis of found images, and ethics in visual study research. Students practiced their research skills in small-scale visual research projects. The course was taught in collaboration with my colleague, Rasa Zakeviciute, from the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Press photography: theory, practice and interpretation (24 contact hours, 2016, 2017 and 2018), one-week intensive course in the Summer School in Human Sciences. The course explores history, theory and practice of photography, especially in regard to photographs in the press and profession of photojournalist. Students work on three creative photographic assignments for their learning portfolio. Photographs are shared and used in the classroom activities. Students improve their photographic skills and critical visual thinking.

Visual Methods in Analysing Imagery (4 hours workshop, 2015 and 2016), overview of selected visual research methods; ethics in visual research; workshop in visual analysis.

Visual Literacy: Press Photography as a Medium (18 contact hours, 2012), developing students’ visual literacy skills; introduction to the history of photography and photojournalism; work of famous photographers and war correspondents; peer-evaluation of photographic assignments; two ‘movie evenings’. The final photographic assignment was exhibited at the Finnish Conference of Communication Research, 30-31 VIII 2012, University of Jyväskylä.

Press Photography as a Medium for Intercultural Communication (12 contact hours, 2011), introduction to press photography as a source for cultural studies research; lectures and group work based on analysis of photographs; students participated in online discussion about press photography at youthcoders.net/photo, a platform created in cooperation with Polish IT teachers.

 

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