RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Documentary Photography: Photographing Struggles for Social Justice
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:


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.

Class Format:

“As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning.”

“We will also have weekly discussion sessions that require synchronous participation as well as some asynchronous lectures and reviews from David Turnley online with each student”

“Photography Assignments will be asynchronous and involve students sending photographs via wetransfer to David Turnley for comments during class discussions.”


RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1RC Ugrd
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (SEM)
14RC Ugrd
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (SEM)
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
006 (SEM)
2RC Ugrd

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