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Visual Sociology

  • Duration: January-March
  • Spring semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 15 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 1 May

About the course

Visual Sociology gives an introduction to critical perspectives on photography, using a selection of texts of key authors and social science theories. The course is partly theoretical and partly practical. Practical elements include students creating a visual representation of a social group or environment accompanied with written text.

The topics and issues discussed are ethical, social and political implications of photography; the relationship between photographer and the subject that is photographed; and photography as a method to explore and portray social reality. The relationship between visual sociology and photography as art will be discussed, and characteristics of photography will be compared to other audiovisual media and written text.



To view the curriculum for FFV1001 Visual Sociology, please search here. Do notice that the curriculum might not be ready until a few weeks prior to the official semester start.

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please notice that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

Learning outcome

  • insight into core theoretical debates and ethical issues on photography, insights into photography as social practice, and how social and cultural context influences interpretations of photographs and images.
  • skills and ethical sensibility in practical street-based photography and skills to use photography as method for exploration and portrayal of social reality.

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Free for exchange students