Picturing our World: International Photojournalism and Visual Representation

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

International Photojournalism

Fall 2019

Taught By: Alan Chin

Section: A

CRN: 3895

Credits: 3

In this survey course, we will look at both traditional photojournalism and newer forms of image making that are expanding the medium. The primary goal of this class is to engage in the language of visuals: students will learn to make images and to write about them, but most importantly, to think critically about the photographs and representations we see in newspapers, magazines, and online every day. We will begin with a brief overview of the role of images in making our modern media, and then each class will be dedicated to discussing one region or topic: the wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan; representations of life in Africa and elsewhere; photographing violence against women; community approaches to documentary photography; picturing poverty and development; and more. Classes will involve direct visual analysis combined with background from course readings. Guest speakers will be brought in to discuss their work. Students will have the choice of conducting a semester-long photography research project that focuses on both visual analysis and contextual meaning, or of doing a hands-on photo project in a diaspora community in New York. No prior photography experience is required.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:36pm 10/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 912

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019