Visual Methods: Using images and video in qualitative research


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises central theories and research methods within visual methods in psychology.

The module enables the students to discuss and reflect on which theories, approaches and methods can be used relating to concrete themes within visual culture and in qualitative research.

Learning objectives


Knowledge and thorough understanding of relevant concepts, theories, methods, and tools within visual qualitative research


Skills in

  • Describing and accounting for relevant concepts and theories within visual culture  
  • Describing and explaining relevant methodological approaches to critical visual analysis
  • Reflecting on the above in various cultural contexts 


  • Competences to apply knowledge and skills to theoretically and methodologically examining visuals from a psychological perspective in an independent, thoroughly argued, varied and critical way. 

Type of instruction

Reference is made to §17 in the study programme for teaching method



Name of examVisual Methods: Using images and video in qualitative research
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
Active participation in the module’s series of lectures and other course related activities is required. Active participation is defined as 75 % attendance of the module’s series of lectures and other course related activities and hand-in of all assignments (including writing short essays, group work and group presentation).

If a student does not meet the requirements for active participation, one exam attempt has been used.


Written exam.
The exam is individual.

The examination is an assignment on a subject chosen by the student and approved by the examiner in relation to curriculum.

Curriculum scope: 500 pages of mandatory literature.
Number of pages: 5-7 pages.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleVisuelle metoder i kvalitativ forskning
Module codeBAPSY2020VM4
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
To be elected on either 4th og 6th semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Psychology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities