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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to the critical analysis of vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell and their experience in technological and cultural contexts. Students become acquainted with the philosophy and history of discourses and practices relating to sense experience. Social and political dimensions of sensory practices in digital culture, everyday life and the media are examined. Relationships between the senses and characteristics of individual senses are investigated, and their consequences for the production of knowledge and creative practice considered. Students engage in the critical analysis of their sensory experience of technologies, places and texts throughout the unit.

 

Unit content

  • Discourses of sense experience.
  • Sense experience and technological and cultural context.
  • Social and political implications of sensory practices.
  • Relationships between vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
  • The reconfiguration of sensory practices by digital practices.
  • Technologies of sensory substitution.

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 understand key concepts and discourses relating to vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell
2 reflect on the relationship between sense experience and its cultural, political and technological contexts
3 understand the social and political implications of different sensory technologies and practices
4 critically analyse how places, texts and creative practices, including digital practices, use sense experience to generate meaning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand key concepts and discourses relating to vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell
  2. reflect on the relationship between sense experience and its cultural, political and technological contexts
  3. understand the social and political implications of different sensory technologies and practices
  4. critically analyse how places, texts and creative practices, including digital practices, use sense experience to generate meaning

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.