Visual, Sensory and Digital Anthropology (860L6)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module will familiarise you with theories and applications of visual, sensory and digital anthropology. It will also enable you to critically and self-reflexively apply what you’ve learnt to your individual project. Your project might concentrate on one or more of the visual, sensory and digital media.

On this module, you’ll study:

  • complex legacies of visual and sensory representation in anthropology as well as contemporary, activist visual and related work through on- and offline means
  • visuality itself as a domain of anthropological inquiry, exploring ways of seeing in culturally and historically specific contexts, as well as noting its limitations and exploring other sensory ways of engaging with the environment
  • crossovers between anthropological and other relevant visual and sensory epistemologies in the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • the use of multisensory material and methods in anthropological research
  • how virtual worlds, social media, netnography and multisituated fieldwork have been used for anthropological knowledge and practice.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Presentation)
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.