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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307TK1 exam 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

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This course is regular discussion meeting on on-going readings supplemented with lectures. Each semester focuses on one key text or a collection of texts for the given topic. This course emphasizes preparations at home: reading assignments, research and study of other relevant books.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to develop and critically evaluate theories, concepts and methods of their field and gain insight into contemporary scholarly literature.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Advanced English, ability to read professional texts and discuss them in English.


Current theory, historic and critical practice in photography and visual culture. Reading with be determined at the beginning of the semester.

Winter 2020:

Rachel Plotnick, Power Button. The MIT Press 2018.

Nathan Jurgenson. The Social Photo. Verso 2019.

Evaluation methods and criteria

The course is concluded with a graded test. The requirement for sitting the test is class participation. At the end of every semester each student delivers a 5-10 pages critical essay. Send you texts as a pdf file to both tomdvorak@famu.cz and michal.simunek@famu.cz by 11 January 2021.

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

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Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

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