Bachelor Thesis Seminar 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EBTS2 Z 4 120 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 10 to 30 hours of self-study English

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is oriented in the thematic areas of the theoretical part of the SZZ focused on the history and theory of photography, knows the basic literature on SZZ, can talk about individual topics and independently search for additional information. The student knows the formal requirements of writing professional texts, knows the citation standards, can conduct literature research and prepare a research-oriented written work.

Mode of study

seminar, independent research activity under the guidance of a supervisor

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The seminar is devoted to ongoing consultations of the theoretical thesis and preparation for the state examinations in the history and theory of photography. It combines individual consultations with tutors and seminars on the state examination topics under the guidance of the supervisor.

  1. Specificity of photography and intermediality
  2. Reproducibility (graphic, photographic and digital techniques of reproduction; the problem of reproduction and documentation of art)
  3. Photographic portraiture and the problem of identity in modern and contemporary times
  4. Objectivity as an epistemic ideal: scientific photography
  5. Photographer as witness: ethical and political dimensions of photography
  6. Vernacular (amateur and commercial) photography
  7. Apparatuses and machines of vision: the technical conditions of photography
  8. Art as post-production: photographs found, appropriated, recycled, archived
  9. The photographic canon and its institutionalization (historiography, exhibition, market)
  10. Photography and new media (remediation, calculated and operative images, technological convergence)

Recommended or required reading


Shirley, R. - Simmons, M. Photographers and Research: The role of research in contemporary photographic practice. London: Taylor & Francis 2017.


Loveless, N. How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation. Durham - London: Duke University Press 2019.

Belcher, W. J. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, Second Edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 2019.

Dunleavy, P. Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation. London: MacMillan 2003.

Evans, D. - Gruba, P. - Zobel, J. How to Write a Better Thesis. Cham: Springer 2014. O'Leary, Z. The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage 2017.

Turabian, K. Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, Fifth Edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 2019.

Turabian, K. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 2018.

Assessment methods and criteria

Regular participation in the seminar, submission of the bachelor thesis.



Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans