HIST154 Photographic Image in American History (Experimental)

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST154 Photographic Image in American History (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
An integral part of American culture for nearly 170 years, photographs teach us to remember, experience and understand our world. Students will critically analyze, evaluate, and interpret photographs as historical tools. More importantly, we will examine how the photographic image shaped our understanding of American History.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to

    1. evaluate and examine American society since the arrival of photography in the United States;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of how Americans have viewed themselves from a historical sense through the lens of the camera;
    3. recognize the importance of photographs as historical evidence and teach students to critical analyze and evaluate photographs as historical tools; and
    4. review the persuasive power and lasting effects of photographic image.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Visual Impact: The Photograph in American Education
    2. One Man's Contribution to American History: Mathew Brady
    3. Propaganda, Symbols, and Manipulation: The Photograph as a Persuasive Tool
    4. Meeting at the Crossroad: The Relationship of the American Painter and the American Photographer
    5. The American Frontier and the Photographic Image: The Role of the Image in Westward Expansion
    6. From Professional to Amateur, "You Press The Button, We Do The Rest." George Eastman and Kodak
    7. The Still Image, American Ingenuity and the Cinema: Science and Photography
    8. The Photograph as Intellectual Property
    9. The Positive Impact of the Negative: The American Photographer as a Social Documentarian
    10. Hope and Hopelessness: The Great Depression and the Farm Security Administration
    11. Photographic Proof: The Holocaust
    12. War Photography and American Consciousness
    13. Slightly Out of Focus: The Turbulent 60s
    14. Projecting an Image: The Art of Persuasion in Advertisement
    15. Photography, American and the Future: Digital Photography from Theory to Reality
    16. Space Limitations: From Global Warming to Brittany Spears
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - Unavailable; New Core 8/2015