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Course module: 800822-B-6
Visual Culture and Semiotics
Course info
Course module800822-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSHD: Department of Culture Studies; Culture Studies;
Is part of
B Culture Studies
PM Health Humanities
Minor Online Culture: Art in the Public Sphere
Minor Online Culture: Digital Media
dr. L.H.M. Hanssen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.J.M. Hoondert
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 20/01/2021 up to and including 20/08/2021

This course offers an introduction in practices of interpretation and representation of images and visual artefacts. It discusses how language uses symbols and signs – whether words, sounds, images or musical notes – in order to represent concepts, ideas and feelings. Representation through language is central to the processes by which meaning is produced. The students will not only learn theories, but also practices and skills: how to interpret, argue and defend certain interpretations. After an introduction lecture, we will discuss topics including: 1. Representing the social (photography),  2. Exhibiting other cultures, 3. The spectacle of the ‘other’, 4. Exhibiting masculinity, 5. Genre and gender. To supplement these concepts and theories in the lecture, we will also explore some interesting topics and examples of online phenomena in Europe and beyond.


I. A written and illustrated diary of the various sessions of this course;
II. A more detailed case study of one of the cases presented in class.
Contact person
dr. L.H.M. Hanssen
Timetable information
Visual Culture and Semiotics
Required materials
To be announced
Recommended materials

Final Grade


Kies de Nederlandse taal