French MA

Text/Image Cultures: Theory and Practice MODLANG4005

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Drawing on a number of theoretical perspectives and on materials from a variety of cultures, genres and time periods, this course explores the relationship between verbal and visual modes of representation in media which combine both of these. It is focussed on the interpretive questions which arise when we find ourselves both reading images and looking at words: in advertisements, medieval manuscripts, posters, caricature, and illustrated texts.


20 x one hour sessions across both semesters as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Exhibition Report (2000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ increase students' understanding of the interaction of verbal and visual modes of representation and how they shape a range of works of a literary and visual nature.

■ enable students to deploy theoretical frameworks in the analysis of cultural artefacts

■ enhance students' appreciation of the social and political contexts of cultural production

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ evaluate a cultural object combining textual and visual elements according to a variety of critical concepts; 

■ apply relevant concepts in semiotics;

■ produce sustained arguments in written form based on a variety of sources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.