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Visual methods in historical sociology - YMH550
Title: Visual methods in historical sociology
Guaranteed by: Programme Historical Sociology (24-HS)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, C [HT]
Extent per academic year: 26 [hours]
Capacity: unknown / 11 (11)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Jiří Šubrt, CSc.
Teacher(s): Ludmila Maria Wladyniak, M.A., Ph.D.
Class: Courses available to incoming students
Co-requisite : {The course under this code is intended for MA level students. BA students interested in this course need to enrol the BA level code that begins with "YB".}
Incompatibility : YBAJ351, YMGS645, YMH050, YMH150
Is incompatible with: YBAJ351, YMH150, YMH050, YMGS645
Annotation - Czech
Last update: Ludmila Maria Wladyniak, M.A., Ph.D. (30.01.2022)
The course is outlined as a block of theoretical lectures and practical exercises in the field of visual research methods.
Syllabus - Czech
Last update: Ludmila Maria Wladyniak, M.A., Ph.D. (26.02.2024)


1.   Introduction to the course I

FILM: John Berger Ways of seeing (1972), part 1

2.   Introduction to the course II

own images & presentations

3.     History of image and photography

 Sontag, Susan (2005) ‘On Photography’. New York: Rosetta Books, p. 1-20.

Film: The Hand that Touches the Arm (2022)

4 & 5.  Photo workshop: interactions in public place

6 & 7.  Visual semiotics & advertising

Rose, Gillian (2012) Semiology: laying bare the prejudices. Beneath the smooth surface of the visible, in: 'Visual Metodologies'. Thousand Oaks California: Sage Publications, p. 106-146.\

Film: Helmut Newton: the Bad and the Beautiful (2020)

8.   War photography

Butler, Judith (2009) Torture and the Ethics of Photography: Thinking with Sontag, in: ‘Frames of War’. New York: Verso, p. 63-101.

FILM: The War Photographer (2001)

9. The final project - Students living and the housing crisis (a photo-elicitation project)

In-class discussion

10.  Methods I: photo-elicitation 

Clark-Ibánez, Marisol (2004) Framing the Social World With Photo-Elicitation Interviews. American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 47, No. 12, pp. 1507-1527.

11.     Methods II: photo-essay

Bourgois,  Philippe & Jeff Schonberg (2009) Righteous dopefined. California University Press: chapter 7. 

12. Presentation of final projects

Learning resources
Last update: Ludmila Maria Wladyniak, M.A., Ph.D. (30.01.2022)
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