In this class we will learn about how images and media shape our ideas of ‘others’ and the world around us. We will look at different examples of how photography and films have been used to learn about culture (Visual Anthropology) and you will have your own projects to use media and create a short documentary or photo essay that tells something about culture.

Because this class is being taught online, there are many things that will be different from normal. We will work together to deal with challenges when they occur. We will meet online via ZOOM once a week at the scheduled class time, and I will give you information that would normally be in the lecture and follow up with all of you about your projects. These meetings will be shorter than the normal classes.

If there is anything that you do not understand or you have any concerns, you can always ask me. You can email me anytime at (when you email, don’t forget to say who you are!) I will also be maintaining regular office hours at Kumamoto University on the 2nd floor of the Center for International Education, even though the classes are online you can still come and talk to me if you have any concerns.