Visual/Aural Knowledge Production

Course Description: 

This core course in the Advanced Certificate in Visual Theory and Practice serves students from numerous different departments across the University, including Sociology & Social Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Cultural Heritage Studies, International Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, and Human Rights. The course has run in the past in different departments in the University and is offered as a University-wide course in the academic year 2022-23. It provides a valuable opportunity for CEU students in the humanities and social sciences to express the knowledge they produce in their research through aural/visual media. 

The course combines theory and practice to acquaint students with the principles of audio-visual production and research and is designed to expand on participants’ study by way of producing knowledge via visual and aural means that are complementary to the written components of students’ academic research.  The course proposes a critical reflection on forms and processes of knowledge production alongside exercises that open new perspectives for students on their own research. 

The course explores the different concerns of various artists, and consider their particular relationships to performance, sound, surveillance, social practice and the politics of aesthetics.  

The practice component of the course is designed to understand, analyze and confront in practice various aspects of audio-visual dimension of social research. To this end, the course creates possibility of exploring blogs, photography projects, filmmaking, interactive media, sound art, as well as other forms of audio-visual presentations of the research projects. 


Learning Outcomes: 
  • An introductory understanding of the basics of visuality and their usage for different purposes varying from arts to academic presentations.  

  • Acquisition of visual thinking, observation and research skills through a refined visual vocabulary.  

  • Develop and create a visual project as an expansion of one’s research project with newly acquired visual knowledge. 


Students’ work is assessed according to two aspects, which are regular attendance and active participation in the workshops and discussions, and the submission of audio-visual work that directly relates to their research interests, accompanied by a 1000 word statement on their work.