AbstractFor this major experiential learning project, students are tasked with creating a photo
essay (or an essay which uses some other form of imagery) to illustrate and explicate a social
problem in our society. Students are free to pick whatever social problem they want for the
assignment and are encourage to be as creative and ambitious as...
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
- Resource Type(s):
- Assignment, Essay
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesIt is important to consider where assigning this project would best fit in your course’s structure. In the Social Problems courses I teach, this project accounts for a large portion of a student’s grade and often requires a good deal of thought and mobilization of their part. Therefore, I recommend assigning the project rather early in the semester to...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will demonstrate their understanding of a selected social problem and how it manifests itself in their everyday lives.
- To acquaint students with visual research methods and empower them to collect, analyze, and display visual data.
- To enliven and enrich the creative capacities of students through an arts-based approach rather than a standard written essay.
- Students create a photo essay using a series of original (self-produced) images which represent a selected social problem. Captioning of the images using sources and citations allows for an extrapolation and discussion of the larger social problem.
- Students should discuss their experiences producing the images, as well as any ethical considerations, in the "Project Explanation" section of the assignment.
- Students should discuss their thought processes concerning selecting and/or staging of the images they produce in the "Project Explanation" section of the assignment.