COM 232 . Visual Literacy Professor: Juliet Davis Course Syllabus, Spring 2012 www.julietdavis.com The University of Tampa email@example.com Office Hours: Office: CS Annex 120 Tuesday 4:00-6:00 by appointment Mailbox #106-F Wednesday 1:30-4:30 by appointment Cell: 727.418.8511 (office phone doesn’t work) ________________________________________________________________ EVIL GOOD GOOD COURSE DESCRIPTION It is one of the great ironies of contemporary existence that we are beset, informed, controlled, and constructed by images, yet we receive almost no formal training in understanding and creating visual communication. Visual Literacy addresses this issue through interdisciplinary study of the terminology and theory of visual communication, with special emphasis on the relationship of visuality and cultural practice. Considering ideas from art history, photography, film, mass media, and cultural studies, students will be asked to analyze visual rhetoric, begin to see critically, articulate meaning, and author visual rhetoric of their own. OBJECTIVES Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: read, comprehend, and write critically about theories of representation analyze and interpret visual imagery in a wide range of media, developing their own ideas and referencing the theories they have read. work effectively individually and in groups to develop, present, and discuss ideas about visual communication. COURSE MATERIALS & PREPARATIONS Print out syllabus, assignments, articles, and handouts at www.julietdavis.com > class info Class Discussion Board: see Turnitin.com Turnitin.com: www.turnitin.com Turnitin.com (how to use): www.julietdavis.com/howtoturnitin.doc Turnitin Class I.D.: 4659069 (T/R group); 4659070 (Thurs Nite group) Class Enrollment Password: Password1 PLEASE NOTE: You must create your Turnitin.com profile in order to appear in my grade book. Thank you! OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED Movie Rental(s) (as assigned) Access to camera (can be cell phone) Other Materials (as needed based on individual student project choices) GRADING SCALE 95-100 A Outstanding 90-94 A/B Excellent 85-90 B Very Good 80-84 B/C Good 75-80 C Average 70-74 C/D Below Average 60-70 D Passing 0-59 F Failure EVALUATION Participation, Group Work, Class Activities 20% Paper 5% Midterm Test (take-home) 25% Paper 20% Final Exam (take-home) 30% All papers and take-home tests must be submitted to turnitin.com and submitted in hard copy to the instructor (both). Take-home tests consist of multiple choice, short answer, and short essay. COURSE WORK TYPE The course requires strong reading comprehension skills, strong foundational writing skills, creativity in producing visual projects, and the willingness to stretch in all of the above areas. Most of the work might be characterized as analytical, interpretive, and creative. Students are rewarded for taking risks and developing their own ideas about the theories and media they are discussing. Very often, for example, two students with completely different ideas receive full credit when both ideas have been carefully articulated and supported. This is not a class that is based on rote memorization and testing of “facts.” Instead, tests primarily contain short-answer and essay questions. A short-answer question might ask a student to explain a quote from an article that has been discussed in class. Essay questions might ask a student to compare and contrast theories and/or apply a theory to a particular film, photograph, television show, work of art, etc. Evaluation criteria consider how thorough, accurate, insightful, and well supported a student’s writing or discussion is. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT The media we view in this course may depict shocking and sometimes disturbing images, including but not limited to physical and emotional violence, nudity, racism, homophobia, explicit sexual behavior, sexist behavior, genocide and acts of extreme nationalism. Please remember we are scholars working to understand visual communication in many forms, and doing so requires a broad viewing experience. If you have sensitivities to this kind of content that you believe would prevent you from viewing it or cause you unusual discomfort, please notify me privately. General Class Policies OFFICE HOURS If you would like to meet during office hours, please email me to arrange a time (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact me by cell phone at 727-418-8511 (texts are preferred to voicemail). Additional Notes: I do not hold normal office hours during Thanksgiving week, Spring Break, and finals week. ATTENDANCE While you will not be graded for “attendance” per se, attending class will be the single most important factor in determining your performance and grade in the course, so plan to attend every class. In most class meetings you will have a project, exercise, test, and/or discussion that will impact your grade. DEADLINES Late projects and papers will be docked 10 points per class meeting overdue. Assignments are due at the beginning of class so that we can discuss them during class. If you are late to class, your project will also be considered late. Quizzes, tests, and exercises can only be made up if a student has documentation of illness or emergency or the student has contacted me in advance to request an excused absence due to special circumstances. You are responsible for deadlines even if printers or other technologies are malfunctioning, so please do not wait for the day a project is due to print it out. In case of emergency, there is a Kinko’s on the corner of Tampa Street/Kennedy and Dale Mabry/Kennedy. SUBMITTING YOUR WORK These policies are for your protection. Assignments that do not adhere to these requirements may be lost and/or the grade might not be correctly recorded in the grade book. Also, remember to keep backups of all work that you hand in. 1) Submit Work By Hand. Work is accepted in person, by hand, unless otherwise indicated. 2) Stapled. All essays / written assignments (this does not include artwork or portfolios) must be stapled or clamped with binder-clipped when submitted in hard copy (no paper clips, binders, plastic spines, etc.). 3) Info. All assignments should feature the student’s name, project title, assignment type (most important), class, section day/time, and submission date. When CD’s or DVD’s are part of the assignment, this info must be written in marker on the disk (please do not use dry-erase markers for this purpose, as they can damage media). The word MAKEUP WORK or REVISION must appear in bold if applicable, and a note should be included with a reminder of the circumstances of such submissions. 4) Turnitin.com. Any work that is to be uploaded to turnitin.com must have a turnitin.com receipt stapled on top of the hard copy (a one-page receipt, please, rather than multiple pages). Please do not wait until the day a paper is due to learn how to use this system (see www.julietdavis.com/howtoturnitin.doc for help). NOTE: To upload a project with multiple parts, you must copy and paste all text into one document (turnitin.com only accepts one document per assignment). PROJECT DRAFTS When a course requires that rough drafts be submitted for feedback, those submissions count as participation only—not toward the grade itself. To receive feedback at any time on your work before submission, feel free to meet with me. SAUNDERS WRITING CENTER If you have difficulty with basic writing skills, please see the Saunders writing center for free tutoring. ”WHY DID I RECEIVE THIS GRADE?” If you are unclear about why you received a particular grade, please meet with me to discuss it. The learning process depends on clear understanding of feedback for improvement. REVISING YOUR WORK If you are unhappy with your performance on a project that has been graded, you may request to revise work and resubmit the paper for a new grade. Type the word “REVISION” on it, and staple the original paper to the back. If a revision opportunity is granted, the deadline for the revision is two weeks after the date the assignment was returned to the student, or the Thursday before finals week, whichever comes first. Opportunities to revise are considered on individual bases to students with substantive ideas for improvement. They are usually not granted for assignments that primarily show mechanical/grammatical weaknesses, or to students who have had excessive absences or have failed to complete previous homework or drafts associated with the assignment, or to students who have already had opportunity to revise from a draft that has already received feedback. LAST DATE FOR ACCEPTING ALL WORK All work, including any regular work, makeup work, and revision work, must be submitted by hand on or before the Thursday before finals week. Regular office hours are not held during finals week. USING TOPICS Unless a student has special permission, a topic can only be used once in the class. For example, if you have written about Steven Spielberg in one assignment, you would not be permitted to select him as a topic of another assignment, without special permission. Students are also not permitted to use topics that have been featured in class as examples. YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REPORT GRADE BOOK DISCREPANCIES The electronic grade book is updated periodically throughout the semester, and you will receive announcements about those updates. Towards the end of finals week (usually Friday or Saturday), you will receive a message in your U.T. email account asking you to check your final grades in the grade book. At that time, it is your responsibility to review it and report any grade book errors before Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Final grades are submitted to the registrar Sunday night. BACKING UP YOUR WORK It is your responsibility to be able to provide a backup copy of your work in the event that a submission is lost or your drive crashes. Remember: Hard drives and external drives are not magical immortal media—sooner or later, they all die horrible deaths. :) 1) Digital Work. Save all of your work in TWO places other than school grounds (the student server doesn’t count because it’s open to other students, who can accidentally delete your files). Here are some tips: Are you working on your laptop without backing up your work? Are you carrying around a jump stick and only backing up your files half the time? Dropbox.com will back up all your files instantly from your hard drive to the web—and then allow you to access those files anywhere, across platforms (any Mac, PC, or mobile device). Your files will automatically update and sync with all devices. And it’s free. For larger files (e.g., video, graphics), you will need an external drive for working in the labs, and then you will need to back up those files continually—for example, to a home hard drive or a second external drive. 2) Non-digital Work. The instructor is not responsible for lost or damaged projects, so please copy any original non-digital artwork and submit only copies (for example, drawings, paintings, collage elements, original photos, historical newspaper clippings, handwritten text used in artwork, etc.). Please do not give me an original photo of your great-great grandmother. I will probably spill coffee on it. LAB RULES If you use the computer lab, you are expected to adhere to the lab rules and procedures posted to Blackboard and to exercise courtesy and professionalism at all times. GROUP PROJECT GUIDELINES If the course involves group work, a group report is submitted with the project, indicating the percentage of work each member contributed, and grades are prorated based on that percentage (see group work report template). Members may switch groups, but must make up their percentage of work. Any members who are not pulling their weight may be “dismissed” by their groups. Dismissed group members must complete the entire project by themselves or find another group that will take them in. Dismissals and group switches must be coordinated with me. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY & AVOIDING PLAGIARISM Original ideas are the foundation of meaningful discussion, critical thinking, creativity and productivity. I am primarily interested in YOUR ideas. Even when we read outside sources, I am interested in YOUR ideas about them. Properly citing sources allows us to make distinctions between your ideas and those of others. By accepting this syllabus, you are agreeing that 1) you are familiar with the University of Tampa’s provisions regarding academic integrity posted at http://www.ut.edu/provost; 2) that you will read the information on plagiarism and MLA style documentation posted at the Purdue OWL web site (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/); and 3) that you will ask me any questions you might have about these policies. Written work must be submitted solely for this course, and collaboration with other students is only permitted when it is approved by the instructor. Students will be held accountable for plagiarism whether it was intentional or unintentional, just as they are accountable for breaching any university policy or breaking the law (such as a speed limit), whether the act was intentional or unintentional. I report all plagiarism. Sanctions for violation of academic integrity and academic misconduct may include a failing grade in an assignment or in the course, or suspension or expulsion from the University. Violation of academic integrity and academic misconduct tarnish the reputation of the University and discredit the accomplishments of past and present students. CHECKING YOUR U.T. EMAIL Students will be contacted regularly through their U.T. email addresses, so you will need to check your U.T. email boxes daily and are responsible for all information that is emailed to you. For convenience, you might want to have your U.T. mail forwarded automatically to another account (e.g., yahoo, aol or hotmail account). Contact the I.T. Help Desk at (813) 253-6293 or ext. 6293. Victims Advocate Hotline: (813) 257-3900 If you are a victim of sexual assault or other crime (whether by a stranger, acquaintance, or family member), people are standing by to help you. You will not be required to reveal your name or what happened to you. There is a victim advocate on call 24 hours a day, during the fall and spring semesters, to provide information and support. An advocate may also be reached by contacting Campus Safety or the Dean of Students Office. While the hotline does not operate during both the summer and winter breaks, an advocate may be reached through the Campus Safety Office or by leaving a message. Students are also encouraged to report sexual assault to the Tampa Police Department or the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (see contact info below). Victims Advocacy Hotline (813) 257-3900 Silent Witness Form (Anonymous Report): http://www.ut.edu/silentwitness/ Campus Safety 813) 257-3900 Tampa Police Department (813) 231-6130 Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (813) 247-0501 Counseling Center The University of Tampa counseling center, located in the Dickey Health and Wellness Center directly behind Austin Hall, provides free counseling to all full-time undergraduate students. The counseling center staff is on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. Phone: (813) 253-6250 Email: email@example.com After Hours: Contact Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777. Students may also call 911 or the Hillsborough County Crisis Hotline at (813) 234-1234. Student Assistance Program Assistance is available on campus for students who have substance abuse problems or who know others who have problems. The University of Tampa provides a Student Assistance Program for alcohol and other drug issues. For more information on the program, please call (813) 257-1777 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. SPECIAL NEEDS If you are a student who has special needs because of any disability, please go to Ms. Linda Ashburn in the Office of Student Disability Services in PH 415 (x3302), to self-disclose and provide supporting documentation. Please feel free to discuss your disability with me in private. ADVERSE CONDITIONS In case of any adverse condition or situation which could interrupt the schedule of classes, each student is asked to access www.ut.edu for information about the status of the campus and class meetings. In addition, please refer to ut.blackboard.com for announcements and other important information, and check your U.T. email for messages from your instructor. You are responsible for accessing this information. Schedule (bold) = Work Due that day (blue) = Class Administration (orange) = Power Point or Media “Reference” indicates that an optional reading is available that relates to the topic (not required). Schedule may change at instructor’s discretion. Additional assignments may be given any time. WK Date Topics/Assignments 1 R 1/17 Introduction to Class (PPT) / Student Introductions Reminder: View the movie Signs by Week #4. Assignments for Next Week: 1) Print out syllabus, assignments, articles, and handouts at www.julietdavis.com > class info 2) Create a profile at www.turnitin.com. 3) Read the Assignments document. R 1/19 NO CLASS Identify and discuss a film you’ve seen that you believe contained layers of meaning that might not be readily noticed by others. We have shown various examples in class—now see if you can come up with your own. Introduce the film, your idea, and descriptions or examples of your points. Read your classmates’ posts as well and respond to at least one of them. T 1/24 Discussion Board Due: Film Discussion 2 Topic: Visual Elements and Principles PPT: Elements and Principles of Visual Imagery R 1/26 PPT: Bronzino in-class exercise Introduction to Art Analysis Paper Assignment Field Trip Information (remember to bring paper and pencil for notes) (Reference CH 2 from Picturing Texts, “Looking Closer”, pp.98-124 (share pp. 116-123 and skim images through 149). Hopper. Reference Helfand’s “Squaring the Circle” Ref. http://www.julietdavis.com/wordvisions R 2/2 FIELD TRIP – NO REGULAR CLASS THIS WEEK 3 Feel free to bring friends / relatives. Meet on location at time/place designated in class. Take notes on two to three works of interest to you. Assignment for Next Week 1) First draft of Art Analysis Paper due 2/9 2) Film screening due next class: Signs T 2/7 Topic: Writing Your Next Paper 4 Movie Viewing Due: Signs PPT: Intro to Midterm Paper Assignment (due 4/12) See the sample student paper at www.julietdavis.com/COM232 and other samples at www.julietdavis.com/wordvisions R 2/9 FIRST DRAFT DUE: ART ANALYSIS PAPER Topic: Film All Film Viewings Due (see required viewings) Intro to Film (screening examples) T 2/14 Worksheet and Screening: Insomnia 5 R 2/16 Group Work: Discussion of Insomnia Reference: Paper Assignment Pre-reading: Sontag Pre-reading: “How to Read Critically and Interact with Texts” Assignment for Next Class 1) Read “How to Read Critically and Interact with Texts” 2) Read Sontag: “On Photography” (download .pdf) 3) Discussion Board: Select a photograph to link to and discuss in terms of one of Sontag’s ideas (try to discuss one of her more complex theories). The more complex your discussion is, the more credit you will receive. Bring the hard copy of your photo to class for group discussion. T 2/21 Topic: Photography 6 Reading Due: Sontag’s “On Photography” Discussion Board Due: Sontag Class Discussion and Group Work Photography books R 2/23 FINAL DRAFT DUE: ART ANALYSIS PAPER Introduction to Creative Project: Due in Week #15 for participation. Screening: One Hour Photo Assignment for Next Class Discussion Board 2: Explain ways you think the movie One Hour Photo might relate to Sontag’s ideas. T 2/28 Discussion Board Due: One Hour Photo 7 Discuss One Hour Photo INDIVIDUAL STUDENT CONSULTATIONS R 3/1 Midtern Take-Home Test Distributed via Email T 3/6 SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS 8 R 3/8 SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS T 3/13 MIDTERM TEST DUE 9 Remember to submit hard copy with Turnitin.com receipt stapled on top Topic: Semiotics and Advertising PPT: Semiotics (up to icon slide) R 3/15 PPT: Fetish Group Work: Advertising and Fetish (see last slide of PPT) Pre-reading: “Soft-soaping Empire” Assignment for Next Week: 1) Read “Soft-soaping Empire: Commodity Racism and Imperial Advertising” (pages 506-512; stop at “Monkey”)—from Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest by Anne McClintock (download .pdf). 3) Discussion Board: Write a brief summary of the article, and then give a personal response. How many different kinds of soaps do you use? Advertising tells us they are embued with what kind of magical powers? Give at least one specific example that you explain well. What other fetishized objects take on fetish powers in your life? Explain. Teacher’s Reference: Barthes’ Mythologies T 3/20 INDIVIDUAL STUDENT CONSULTATIONS 10 R 3/22 Discussion Board and Reading Due: McClintock’s “Soft-soaping Empire: Commodity Racism and Imperial Advertising” Pre-reading: Foucault’s Panopticism Assignment for Next Class 1) Discussion Board: Paper Topics (Brinstorming topics for your next paper) 2) Reading, Screening, and Discussion Board: View the Frontline documentary called Merchants of Cool (www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool) and read Foucault's "Panopticism" (paragraphs 1-13) (http://foucault.info/documents/disciplineAndPunish/foucault.disciplineAndPuni sh.panOpticism.html). Then, post a comment about how the Panopticon relates to Merchants of Cool. How is it similar? How is it different? For example, how does the "giant feedback loop" mentioned in the documentary relate to the panopticon? By the way, what were your personal reactions to Merchants of Cool? T 3/27 Reading Due: Foucault’s “Panopticism” 11 Discussion Board Due: Merchants of Cool/“Panopticism” Discussion Board Due: Paper Topics for Discussion Introduction to “Representing the Body” and Assignments Assignment for Next Class 1) Read John Berger’s article on nudes (download .pdf) 2) Summarize the article: Set up two columns on a sheet of paper: one called “naked” and the other called “nude”. On one side, list the attributes Berger refers to as belonging to a “naked” image, and on the other side, list attributes that Berger refers to as belonging to a “nude” image. 3) Discussion Board: Find a historical or contemporary image (in a magazine or on the Internet) that you could clearly describe as “naked” or “nude” based on the article you have read. Write a paragraph in which you 1) identify it as naked or nude, 2) describe the image, and 3) explain why your description qualifies it as naked or nude, based on Berger’s article. Include a link to your image in your discussion. Be careful! Berger’s definitions are probably different from your own. The “nude” is not a “classy naked lady”—it is the objectified state. R 3/29 Topic: Representing The Body Reading and Discussion Board Due: Berger’s “Naked and Nude” PPT: Berger’s Naked and Nude Assignment for Next Class Discussion Board: Select one of the works and/or artists below to research on the Internet, on television, in film, in magazines, or in other media. Please note that some of these images might be considered particularly shocking or disturbing (they are marked with asterisk*). 1) Describe the work briefly and explain the ideas you believe are intended. 2) Describe your personal reactions to the work. 3) Discuss ways in which you believe the work is exploitative and/or non-exploitative and why. How do you define exploitation? Would you consider some of the images to be “pornographic”? How do you define pornography? We will discuss some of them in class. Remember to include links to your images. 1) Sally Mann’s photographs of her children 2) Shelby Lee Adams’ images of Appalachian families* 3) Vanessa Beecroft’s performances 4) Robert Mapplethorpe’s X Portfolio images *** (contains homoerotic and sado-masochistic imagery) 5) Jessica Loseby’s shockwave piece entitled Textual Tango 6) Nudism: Lutz, Florida, is the nudist capital of the U.S., with several luxury resorts such as Caliente and Paradise Lakes. Travel Naturally is a nudist magazine. 6) The Intruder (web site by Natalie Bookchin) 7) Introduction to the television show Crossing Jordan (A&E). 8) A true crime show that examines “evidence” (your choice) 9) News photos with graphic depictions of the body (your choice) 10) A video game that focuses on the body (your choice) 11) A film that features the body graphically (your choice) 12) An ad that features the body prominently 13) Pornographic images that do not feature nudity compared to those that do. (Discuss how you are determining what is “pornographic” and provide examples.) *** 14) Imagery of violence to the body that you consider to be exploitative, contrasted with violent images you consider to be non-exploitative (Discuss the contexts of these images and how you see them as different) T 4/3 Discussion Board Due: Exploitation 12 Continue “Naked and Nude” PPT: “Exploitation” Reminder of Creative Project due in Week 15 for participation. R 4/5 Screening: The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia (71-minute Documentary) Discussion Continued: Exploitation Assignment for Next Class: 1) Read: Sherry Turkle’s Article “Construction and Reconstruction of Self in Virtual Reality” 2) Discussion Board: Summarize what you believe the main ideas are in Turkle’s article. Then, state whether you agree or disagree with her and why. T 4/10 Conclusion of “Exploitation” 13 Reading and Discussion Board Due: Turkle’s “Construction and Reconstruction of Self in Virtual Reality” R 4/12 No Regular Class: Individual Student Consultations Consultations are to help students with papers, creative projects, and preparation for final exam. Sign up at www.julietdavis.com/appointments T 4/17 No Regular Class: Individual Student Consultations 14 Consultations are to help students with papers, creative projects, and preparation for final exam. Sign up at www.julietdavis.com/appointments R 4/19 PAPER DUE: Visual Interpretation / Cultural Contexts Final Exam Review T 4/24 Creative Project Presentations for Participation / Discussion 15 TAKE-HOME EXAM DISTRIBUTED Please note: Students will only receive credit for creative presentations if they attend their classmates’ presentations as well (unless there is documentation of illness or emergency). R 4/26 Creative Project Presentations for Participation / Discussion Please note: Students will only receive credit for creative presentations if they attend their classmates’ presentations as well (unless there is documentation of illness or emergency). W 5/2 (NO CLASS) 16 FINAL EXAM DUE Upload your final exam to Turnitin.com by 6:00 on Wednesday, 5/2.
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