SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Section: 007 Watch This: Argumentation and the Video Essay
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Credits:
1
Other:
Minicourse
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Class Misc Info:
Meets 3/2/09-4/17/09. (Drop/Add deadline=3/16/09.).
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In this era of YouTube and personal videos, anyone can create a video with the potential for it to be viewed by a wide audience. Often these videos are just for fun, but can video creation also be a vehicle for powerful arguments? In this course we will combine the pervasive and easily accessible form of video with essay conventions, such as having a thesis and using evidence, to better our understanding of visual literacy and argumentation. We will ask questions such as how do images create meaning, how do images affect text and vice versa, and how does the accumulation of images and how we edit them create arguments?

Students will be introduced to ideas of visual rhetoric through the analysis of readings and video showings by established video artists as well as YouTube amateurs, then will apply what they have learned to the creation of a single video essay on the topic of their choice (place, politics, art, home, advertising, history, etc) which intervenes in and complicates their subject in some way. In this way, each video project will enter into conversation with the world.

This is not a course in video production: the only technology used will be digital cameras and imovie. The main focus of this course will be creating visual arguments, not video storytelling. This course should be useful to any student who wishes to understand how images create meaning, the effects of combining text and image, or creative forms of argumentation. Students in all departments are invited to explore their interests through this medium.

This class meets once a week from March 6 to April 17.

SWC 200 - New Media Writing
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29384
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29386
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