About the course
Who, What, Where, When, Why?
The Visual Media Workshop (VMW) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in collaboration with a network of global academics, prepares an on-campus annual lecture series that is then translated into a free, open access online course for anyone to use, who has access to the web.
This year the theme of the VMW Lecture Series was Images of Social Justice. Increasingly everyday citizens are using their own mobile phones to capture photos and videos of moments in history that mainstream media misses. From #feministselfies to activist trolling, cellphone images and shakey-cam videos connect audiences to ordinary and extraordinary quotidian moments around the world from the perspective of the people. This lecture series explores eight weeks of cases studies of such images, and discusses, via different theoretical standpoints, the social, cultural, political, technological, and economic impact and implications of these visuals.
Duration and Format
Every week your tasks will include:
1. watching a recorded lecture
2. doing some readings related to the themes discussed
3. completing a series of assignments.
The videos are between 20-30 minutes long. The readings may take 1-2 hours and the discussion questions and assignments vary between 1-2 hours. Each class should take about 2-3 hours to complete. Total hours for the course varies between 16-24 hours hours.