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Photographing Cape Town

Course Description: 

This class will use the idiom of photography to scrutinize the natural history and culture of Cape Town. We will discuss the rhetoric of photography, as well as photographic composition, syntax, grammar and style. We will use individual pictures as the starting point for scholarly investigations of what makes Cape Town unique both in terms of its nature and its culture. Class assignments will consist of a series of weekly presentations by each student, five presentation write-ups, weekly contributions to the class blog and the class Twitter account, active participation both in-class and online including responses to blog posts, a final exam, a class exhibit, and a complete dossier of each student's work. The presentations write-ups will include photographic and written essays, including scholarly references, on specific topics motivated by what the students have observed. Individual classes will explore specific themes such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, the townships, the history of South Africa, the Cape Floristic Region, South African fauna, local markets, food of South Africa, African penguins, and other birds of South Africa. Enrollment is limited.

Subject (Full): 
Overseas Studies in Cape Town
Academic Year: 
South Africa