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Eighty percent of the information that humans use to interpret the world and navigate their way through life arrives through our sense of vision. The broad concept of seeing and how seeing impacts upon our lives acts as a hub to bring together key ideas from scientific, artistic, historical, cultural and technological spheres. This subject uses the topic of vision to help students appreciate that different disciplines have their own way of viewing the world and communicating their understanding of the world. Themes that are followed in this subject are: foundations of vision, movement and space, vision and identity, illusion, failing vision, vision and the future. The specific topics covered include: how the brain impacts what we see, how vision shapes the face of art, virtual reality and the future of computer gaming, how digital imaging has changed photography, illusions of perception and how things are not always as they seem, the role of vision in advertising and brand recognition, the social and cultural impact of art and psychedelia.
Intended learning outcomes
- Through the consideration of these themes and topics, this subject will encourage students to see the same things in different ways, or from different perspectives, and to develop an appreciation of the interface between those different viewpoints as applied to common topics bridging the areas of art, science, technology and culture.
- Small group work, distinctive on-line exercises will promote academic excellence through self-directed learning in groups and exposure to a broad range of uses of information technology. Interactive expert panel-based “Fusion Sessions” will encourage their capacity as critical and creative thinkers and their ability to confront unfamiliar problems.
- Students will develop inter-disciplinary knowledge and experience analytical thinking from academics representing diverse broad discipline areas and through the encouragement to work in cross-disciplinary groups in completing assignments. These learning activities will also provide an opportunity for students to articulate their own thought processes.
- The collaborative learning experience will encourage natural leadership and teamwork skills to develop in students, thus preparing them to undertake further organisational roles in their future study and in the workplace.
Last updated: 9 June 2021