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Developing a Photographic Essay - Making a Public Statement About a Social Problem or Issue
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Jenkins, Carol. 2020. “Developing a Photographic Essay - Making a Public Statement About a Social Problem or Issue”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, October. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. https://trails.asanet.org/article/view/developing-a-photographic-essay-making-a-public.

Abstract

Each student will develop a photographic essay of a social problem important to the student (a personal, reflective, integrative public statement about a social problem). Essay development enables students to demonstrate the intersection of personal problems and public structural contexts (C.W. Mills 1959 - "Sociological Imagination"), then propose...

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Details

Subject Area(s):
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
Resource Type(s):
Assessment
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):
Any

Usage Notes

Photo essays are developed outside of the classroom. In-class "Gallery Walk" estimated time: 20 minutes. Selected essays for voluntary in-class presentation estimated time: 30 minutes. Recommendation: have students discuss the "topic" with the instructor. Ex: "poverty" is too broad; encourage student to focus on a particular area of "poverty"....

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. ... to develop, strengthen and apply the student's sociological imagination to a social problem and/or issue
  2. Objective-1: using 5-8 photographs the essay will (1) reflect the social problem under consideration (first image), (2) demonstrate the extent of the problem (intermediary images), and (3) provide a statement of resolution (last two images).
  3. Objective-2 ... to demonstrate the extent to which students can use the sociological perspective to understand the relationship between personal problems and social issues (C.W.Mills 1959) a reflection component is included.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Objective-1: an assessment rubric has been developed to systematically evaluate photo essays with expected success rates exceeding 70 percent.
  2. Objective-2 selected reflection questions are included with expected success rates exceeding 70 percent.

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