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