RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 001 Documentary Photography: Photographing Struggles for Social Justice
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course we will learn to use photography as a tool, to strive towards social justice, and make a contribution to our understanding of the human condition.

Each photographer will engage in a series of assignments constructed to provide real life experience in using photography to enter the lives of subjects and make us care about them. This is an immersive, hands-on field research class, using photography as the tool of storytelling. The course will also look at the work of iconic documentary photographers and their strategies.

The course will rely heavily on weekly reviews of each photographer’s work which will be uploaded with weekly journal entries on a class website and discussed in class.

No previous photographic experience is required. The photographic assignments will require approximately a day a week of each student’s time to photograph. Each student is expected to push themselves out of their comfort zone, in a supportive mentoring environment. There will also be readings and two papers due during the course. Each student must provide a digital camera of any kind to use for this course, and this includes the option of using an iPhone.

(David Turnley, with a joint appointment between the Residential College and the School of Art and Design, is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, and also a documentary filmmaker).

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

No previous photographic experience is necessary. The only prerequisite will be to have available a digital camera of any kind, and that also could mean an iPhone. This class will be limited to fifteen students.

Class Format:

The course will be divided into presentations, guest speakers, readings, papers, and actual photographic work.

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
2RC Ugrd
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (SEM)
W 3:30PM - 6:30PM
Note: Class meets in Detroit
005 (SEM)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
006 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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