OpenLearn Scotland
OpenLearn Scotland

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OpenLearn Scotland

3.6 Oil industry in Scotland

Photographs can solicit powerful emotional responses and are often used to draw people's attention to issues or to raise awareness of demands. This course takes a look at how one set of photographs, used as part of a particular demand, was created. It looks at the process of producing images by exploring a series of photographs made with the intention of affecting the way a globalised industry is seen and understood. The industry in question is the oil industry based in Aberdeen, on Scotland's north-east coast, an industry with global ramifications. The photo essay reproduces several pictures researched and made by Owen Logan in collaboration with the history project, Lives in the Oil Industry, based at the University of Aberdeen.

The significance of the oil industry in Scotland is due in some measure to the way it is part of the political and economic relations that span the globe. This makes a place like Aberdeen very dependent on distant events.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • describe how photographs affect a globalised industry;

  • understand the global dimension of the Scottish oil industry and how that has affected the local population.



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