CANCELLED - Visual Anthropology in practice

Course content

The course is for students who wish to learn to use audiovisual methods and publication formats in relation to anthropological fieldwork and analysis, and who have no prior experience in working with film and visual media.

The participants will be introduced to video, sound and photography in relation to an analytical project, to thinking in images and sound, and to forming their audio-visual work in accordance to their analytical aim. We will investigate different audio-visual productions and analyze their anthropological qualities, and look closer at the principles of the recent format, WebDoc, an innovative interactive online format, integrating film, sound, photo and text.

The course in hands-on, meaning that the participants learn through a series of practical, commented exercises and by producing a real audio-visual product, using both film, sound, photo, graphics and text. The participants will work with the same general theme and, in groups of 2-3 students, produce independent sub-elements that will be integrated into a bigger collective WebDoc project about the general theme. The WebDoc will be published online at the end of the course. The general theme will be presented to the participants well before course start.

To achieve the projected results, the course is rather intense and time consuming, with four hours of course pr. week, and some reading and mainly pratical exercises and filming in between. For the practical work, the participants will be working in groups of two or three.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course the student should be able to: 

• Demonstrate practical skills in the basic techniques of filming, sound and image, and of digital editing techniques.

• Critically analyze online multi-media formats and demonstrate basic knowledge in their production. 

• Present the potential qualities of visual methods to anthropology.

• Reflect on the methodological, epistemological and ethical questions concerning the use of audiovisual media in anthropology, both as form of exploration and of dissemination.

The course in hands-on, meaning that the participants learn through a series of practical, commented exercises and by producing a real audio-visual product, using both film, sound, photo, graphics and text.

BSc-, Credit-, and all international students: 500 pages obligatory literature.

MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature + 200 pages of literature chosen by students

Literature chosen by students must be relevant to the course’s subject matter.

Preparations for the course: The participants are requested to read a part of the compulsory course literature before course start. Furthermore, the participants are requested to hand in a small project abstract within the general theme, of 1-2 pages. The project abstract must be sent to the lecturer and the other participants one week before course start. The participants will receive ample instructions about preparations etc. well before course start.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
Portfolio exam
Length: The portfolio exam can be taken individually or in groups of maximum four students. The portfolio exam consists of 3-7 submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must not exceed 30,000 keystrokes for a single student. For groups of two students the maximum is 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students the maximum is 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students the maximum is 50,000 keystrokes.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

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  • Hours
  • Seminar
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  • English
  • 42