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Teaching Visual Sociology

Dr Carol Wolkowitz and Dr Phil Mizen, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

This case study evaluates an initiative to create a new teaching programme in visual sociology. We seek to create an innovative programme encouraging students to become active producers of knowledge; to enhance our enjoyment of teaching; and to promote the use of visual methods in sociology more generally. Our first step was the construction of a full second-year undergraduate module in Visual Sociology. While the new module builds on some of our existing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as our own research, the emphasis on student production of visual materials differentiates the module from others hitherto offered by Sociology.

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