ImageEthicsSyllFALLX1 - The Ethics of Image-Making: Film,...

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The Ethics of Image-Making: Film, Television, and Digital Media Fall 2010 Professor: Name: Dr. Alison Griffiths Department: Communication Studies Office: VC Room B8-237 Telephone: 646 312 3730 Fax: 646 312 3721 Mailbox: B8-240 Email: Office hours: Mon/Weds by appointment Course Description : Image making of all kinds is bound up with questions of ethics. Who has the right to represent other people’s lives? What are the consequences of tackling sensitive social and political issues through the lens of nonfiction photography, filmmaking, and digital media? What issues do reality television, virtual advertising, and social networking sites raise with regards to the rights of the individual versus market economics of popular entertainment and Internet use? This course places contemporary controversies over the ethics of image making in the historical perspective of debates going back to the 19 th and early 20 th centuries in order to see points of convergence and divergence in the practices of image making and criticism. Learning Goals: After completing the course students will be able to: Describe the multiple sites from the 19 th century out of which debates emerged around the ethical treatment of human subjects in photography, filmmaking, and television. Critically analyze key case studies in image ethics, ranging from early nonfiction filmmaking to emerging forms of digital media, which have generated significant public debate. Evaluate and critique how theories of nonfiction film ethics might apply to image making from consumer advertising, digital image retouching, political campaign ads, reality television, and social networking sites. Analyze the ethical responsibilities of the image-maker through consideration of the relevant legal documents, the social position of the film’s subject, and the production and reception contexts of the work. Required Books : Please purchase the following two books available at the Baruch College Bookstore: • Larry P. Gross, John Stuart Katz, and Jay Ruby, eds. Image Ethics in the Digital Age (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003) (abbreviated to IEDA) Alison Griffiths, Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002).
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Required Photocopied Readings : Additional readings indicated on the class schedule will be available on E-Reserve via Blackboard or the Library’s website. It is imperative that you download and print out all the readings well in advance of each session and bring them to class with you every week. The supplementary readings are not required reading for class but are there to further your understanding of a film and topic and should be consulted if you are considering writing an assignment on this particular topic (or developing it into a final research paper). Relevant readings that are published throughout the semester will also be posted on Blackboard. Selected videotapes on the course schedule will also be on reserve at the Circulation
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