SO299 – Images of Ireland: A Sociological Perspective

Images have the ability to transcend language and reach us in a way that words often cannot.  Visual Sociology, as a discipline, seeks to understand images in a social and cultural context.  To the visual sociologist, photographs and other images are treated as data that is subject to sociological analysis and the creation of images (photography in particular) as a form of data collection.  In this course, students will learn to understand, interpret, and evaluate visual messages reflective of Irish culture while also learning how to compose, frame, and focus images of their own to convey meaning.