Each special topics course examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework.
This course will explore the role of photography in visual culture and as a means for collaborative research in the humanities and social sciences.
In the first part of this course, we will read classic critical and philosophical investigations about photography as a technology, a medium and a cultural form. Students will learn how to actively engage with theoretical literature about photography through writing and hands-on assignments. In the second part of the course, students will use their theoretical knowledge in addition to visual ethnography and cross-cultural research methods to create independent projects aimed at exploring, documenting and gaining a deeper understanding of select aspects of the greater local community.
This course will be useful both for students who are interested in critical theory and visual culture and students who plan to work on collaborative projects involving interviewing/oral history and image-making in their local communities or abroad.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
lectures, seminar style discussions about the readings, hands-on assignments, field-trips, student presentations
Class assignments and grading