• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Visual Culture
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Natasha Fijn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course introduces students to ways of working with digital video as a research tool, particularly in the disciplinary area of Visual Anthropology. It promotes an open-ended, content-led approach to documentary film, where filming forms part of the research process rather than taking place at the end of a research period, as in standard documentary practice. It suggests an alternative to the use of images as illustrations for verbal statements by exploring the use of observational/ethnographic camera and editing techniques to facilitate another way of knowing.

Students will use digital video to explore a research topic under the guidance and supervision of staff. They will produce edited video compilations to communicate understandings of that topic that have emerged through the filming and editing process. A strong emphasis of the course will be on the presentation of work-in-progress where students will learn to reflect critically upon the images they have created and edited and to appreciate the developmental nature of the learning process.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Participants will gain confidence to shoot and edit video footage as an integral part of their research practice, primarily in the area of visual anthropology.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Work with digital video as a data gathering tool.
  2. Work with digital video as a data analysis tool.
  3. Implement ethical practices in the digital realm.
  4. Constructively assess the effectiveness your own and others' work.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly journal (2000 words) 10% [LO 1, 2 3, 4]

Participation 10% [LO 1, 2 3, 4] 

2 x detailed work-in-progress presentations (30%) [LO 1, 2 3, 4] 

2x 3,000 word essays (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4] 

Final video compilation (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Each week consists of a three-hour face-to-face teaching/tutorial/supervision period. These will be expanded to 5 hour sessions (according to student numbers) to accommodate student presentations in weeks 7 and 11.Students are expected to complete an average of 15 hours per week outisde these contact hours undertaking filming, editing, research, reading and writing.

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12 units

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Year Fee
2015 $5208
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Year Fee
2015 $8292
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2626 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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