Representation: Looking at You, Me and the Selfie (2438QCA)

Images of ourselves and others saturate our experiences of contemporary life. In Tinder pics, advertisements and Police mugshots, we automatically and unintentionally read signifiers of race, class, gender and sexuality. Yet how, and why, do we interpret these? This course engages with examples of representation drawn from the diverse fields of art, photography, popular culture (film, television and video games), news media and social media to enable students to critically assess images of their own and others' making. Drawing on theories of looking, with attention to the gaze and the construct of the Other, students will explore self-portraiture and representation in the age of the selfie. Note: This is a second year course and is suitable to students who have completed foundation (first year) studies in art history or equivalent foundation (first year) studies in the humanities.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

South Bank Trimester 1

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
25 February 2019
Last day to add a course
10 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
24 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
28 April 2019

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Students please be advised that further enrolment into this course is via permission only. Please contact your school for permission to enrol.
Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Seminar
Seminar (10056) Tuesday 17:00 - 19:50
Weeks 1 - 7, 8 - 12
S02 4.02E/F
Webb Centre
South Bank Campus