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Samuel M. Yum
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

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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: 06/25/2004