Samuel M. Yum
Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.
This course presents a critical overview of developments in visual anthropology, with special emphasis on the use of technology in the practice and presentation of anthropological work. As part three of a series, the course is also a continuing exploration of the use of visual media in “thinking” and “doing” anthropology. Discussion follows an assessment of visual anthropology as ethnographic film, as the cultural study of visual media, and as an inclusive anthropological field, with an eye on how technology continues to shape the products and processes of research. As with ANTH 209 and 356, there is emphasis on exploratory, practical thinking and doing visual anthropology with campus resources available. Readings plus in-class screenings of examples of ethnographic photography, film, video, and other digital media provide a basis for class discussion, but time is also reserved for critical and constructive feedback for developing class projects.
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.