Samuel M. Yum
The place of photography and films in ethnography; their use in the documentation and interpretation of cultural and social systems.
This course is an exploration of the use of visual media in “thinking” and “doing” anthropology – as a tool for communicating anthropological knowledge, but also one that is integral to practicing a kind of ethnographic fieldwork. We continue to address visual media as tools for documentation and research, but will place special emphasis on our own exploratory thinking and doing visual anthropology with campus resources available. Readings plus in-class screenings of both classic and new examples of photography, film, and video will provide the basis for our discussions, but we will also reserve time for critical and constructive feedback on class projects as “works in progress.”
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, weekly film and video screenings, plus other visual presentations.
Class attendance, assigned readings, participation.
Class assignments and grading
Varied: short response papers, two short tests, final project.
Grading is based on a straight percentage/100-point scale.