POV4337 Picture TheoryBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
POV4337 Picture Theory Fall 2 2 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Instructor DENİZ EYÜCE ŞANSAL
Course Lecturer(s): Assoc. Prof. LEWIS KEIR JOHNSON
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: The chief aim of this course is to introduce students to significant and influential theorisations of what different kinds of pictures are, mean, do or can be made to do. The course aims therefore to guide students in making sense of and evaluating a range of visual material that comprises visual culture, but it also aims to enable students to think about what makes a picture or a pictorial work or text stand out as different or exceptional.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Recognize different methodological languages of analysis of images and media.
2. Recognize different aims in the conceptualization of the analysis and evaluation of images and media.
3. Demonstrate ability to alter frameworks of analysis of images and media.
4. Demonstrate ability to alter frameworks of explanation of images and media.
5. Demonstrate ability to alter frameworks of evaluation of images and media.
6. Generate ability isolate what resists analysis in images and media.
7. Respond to complexity of sense and meaning of images and media.
8. Produce images that echo, respond to or exceed these problematics of analysis and evaluation.

Course Content

This course studies the techniques of analysis that have been developed for reading and understanding visual elements of our culture. It aims at developing the students’ ability to decipher the major mediums that form our visual culture. It also enables the students to present their earlier visual works in class, in order to help them develop their presentation and critical skills.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction: truth, reality and representation
2) Form, iconography and iconology and formalism Weekly readings will be assigned.
3) Art, history, pictures and ideology Weekly readings will be assigned.
4) Assignment 1 Working on the assignments.
5) Semiology and semiotics Weekly readings will be assigned.
6) Hermeneutics and discourse theory Weekly readings will be assigned.
7) Revision for midterm exam and Assignment 2 Working on the assignments.
8) Theorising realism in art and photography Weekly readings will be assigned.
9) Theorising digital photography Weekly readings will be assigned.
10) Assignment 3 Weekly readings will be assigned.
11) Theorising film and television Weekly readings will be assigned.
12) Theorising video Weekly readings will be assigned.
13) Theorising new media, the website, the music video and the image stream Weekly readings will be assigned.
14) Revision Weekly readings will be assigned.


Course Notes / Textbooks: Howells, R. (2003). Visual culture. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
References: 1. Comer, S. (2009). Film and video art. London: Tate.
2. Manghani, S., Piper, A. & Simons, J. (2006). Images : a reader. London Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
3. Wells, L. (2003). The photography reader. London New York: Routledge.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Homework Assignments 3 % 30
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 6 84
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 130

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.