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Tami Blumenfield
ANTH 356
Seattle Campus

Visual Anthropology

The place of photography and films in ethnography; their use in the documentation and interpretation of cultural and social systems.

Class description

In this course, we will look at human interactions with different forms of media from a variety of perspectives. Readings, lectures and visual presentations will explore both the process of media production and the media objects that are produced. As we consider how photography, screen media, and new interactive media relate, we integrate theories of media with practical applications.

In general, the course emphasizes ethnographic experience as a vehicle to understand how media is used and created. Throughout the course we will consider problems of representation and evaluate responses to these problems by media makers.

Student learning goals

Recognize cultural elements of the media production process

Think critically about media creation and presentation

Read media works as texts with many layers of meaning

Develop critiques and contributions to questions related to visual media

General method of instruction

Lectures, visual presentations, and discussions

Recommended preparation

Class attendance, completion of assigned readings and viewings, participation in discussions.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments may include short reviews of visual presentations, a media project, a final paper, and class participation.

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.
Last Update by Tami Blumenfield
Date: 12/04/2007