Photojournalism and Urban Calamities

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Photojournalism & Urban Crisis

Spring 2021

Taught By: Lauren Walsh

Section: AX

CRN: 7101

Credits: 4

What does it mean to tell a story in pictures? What are the ethics of photographing people and places in crisis? This course combines urban studies with photojournalism in exploring these are other timely questions. We examine sites around the globe that have been affected by some kind of calamity—whether the destruction of Aleppo, Syria, the unrest in Ferguson, MO, or recent destructive hurricanes in the Caribbean. In learning a history of photojournalism and the workings of the industry, students begin to understand the various factors (economic, racial, social, political) that can inform the way events are covered. Readings include theory, journalism, and cultural criticism of our case studies. And while our class places an emphasis on the coverage of urban spaces, much of what we learn will also help us to formulate the key questions that should be asked of the coverage of non-urban sites. Importantly, this course is designed to take what we learn in the classroom and apply it in the world around us. As such, students will spend a lot of time photographing. We learn methodologies for documenting aspects of NYC, with an eye toward telling powerful visual stories of the “urban calamities” that exist right at home, oftentimes overlooked. Topics for student photo projects might focus on: poverty, the education system, housing, or marginalized groups, among many others. Photography and portfolio reviews are an integral part of the course. A background in photography is not required, though will be helpful. Students can use their preferred camera, including camera phones.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 6:11pm 10/20/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021