Visualizing Imperialism & the Philippines, 1898-1913

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Visualizing Imperialism & the Philippines, 1898-1913

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Visualizing Imperialism & the Philippines, 1898-1913
The course Visualizing Imperialism & the Philippines, 1898-1913 is an online class provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology through edX. The skill level of the course is Intermediate. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Remarkable political cartoons and photography at the turn of the 20th century reveal debates over US entry into global imperialism through the conquest and occupation of the Philippines. Historians tour this rich content drawn from MIT Visualizing Cultures.

Course description

In this course we use visual records as a way of understanding history at the turn of the 20th century. Learners will learn how to navigate visual primary sources and use them to investigate: the historical debates that emerged in political cartoons; issues of race and prejudice in both cartooning and photography; photography as a tool of power in conquest and colonization; the often forgotten Philippine-American war; ethnographic photography; how the theme of civilization and barbarism appeared to justify imperial wars; early use of cross-cultural photography in mass media. The roundtable discussion format of the course will set up a discursive and exploratory style of learning. Learners will be exposed to multiple points of view as the teaching team brings together scholars who have studied the topics from different disciplines. Learners will also learn how to work with visual evidence as primary sources to assemble arguments. For teachers, the course presents a number of units developed for the MIT Visualizing Cultures (VC) project. The instructors are the authors who created the VC resource, and the course provides a pathway into the VC website content. The VC website is widely taught in both secondary and college courses, and is the primary resource for this course. Educators can selectively pick modules that target needs in their classrooms; the course can be used in a “flipped” classroom where students are assigned modules as homework.

Prerequisites & Facts

Visualizing Imperialism & the Philippines, 1898-1913

Course Topic

Art and Culture, History, Humanities

University, College, Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



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Visualizing Imperialism & the Philippines, 1898-1913

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School: MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Topic: Art and Culture, History, Humanities