Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to "law and the visual", "law and popular culture" and to the fundamental concepts of visual literacy. Students are invited to consider the intersection of legal and visual discourses and the idea that cinema (fiction, documentary, and other genres and comics) are practices from which it is possible to learn about law and which can problematise legal discourse.  

Unit content

Topic 1: Theoretical introduction to “law and the visual”

Topic 2: Theoretical introduction to “law and popular culture”

Topic 3: Fundamental concepts of visual literacy

Topic 4: Similarities between the different aspects of the cinematic world (the script, the staging, the location, the aesthetics, the performance) and the legal world

Topic 5: Law in cinema and law as cinema

Topic 6: Censorship and cinema

Topic 7: Inner semiotic structure and aesthetic properties of comics and graphic novels

Topic 8: Interpenetration of media, law and (pop) culture in graphic novels/comics

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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