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Samuel M. Yum
ANTH 209
Seattle Campus

Anthropology Through Visual Media

Theories of culture and cultural variation, as seen and understood through visual media such as films, video, and photography.

Class description

This course is an exploration of how anthropologists and others have made use of visual media as a form of ethnographic documentation, but also as dynamic tools through which issues in the field are brought to the fore. We begin with a discussion of early practices and the first use of photography and cinematography for communicating cultural difference. We quickly move on to the visual treatment of a range of ethnographic cases and topics, culminating with attention to how new (and newly accessible) technologies enable virtually any anthropologist to produce a visual anthropology.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, weekly film and video screenings, plus other visual presentations.

Recommended preparation

Class attendance, assigned readings, participation in section discussion.

Class assignments and grading

Varied: short response papers (5 x 10%), two exams (2 x 10 %), a final team project that addresses visual media (20%), participation (10%).

Grading is based on a straight percentage/100-point scale.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Samuel M. Yum
Date: 04/10/2004