|Type of Assessment Tasks/Activities||Weighting|
|1. Team Project: Inequality||20%|
|2. Individual Project : Cityscapes||45%|
|3. My City Blog (visual & narrative)||20%|
|4. Class presentation & Participation||15%|
DUE October 6th
- Understand the scale of income inequality in Hong Kong through the anthropology of luxury.
- Understand the construction of value
- Basic photography and cell video
- Research Skills using online and in-person research methods
- Critical & analytic writing
This assignment is a location-based treasure hunt for the most expensive and least expensive version of a single material. Example: Find the most expensive and least expensive egg in Hong Kong. Students are asked to document their search through geo-tagged egg prices. The search forces the students to think creatively about how to navigate the strange and extremely stratified landscape of value in Hong Kong. It’s a game!
Organize into teams of 4-6 people. In a group discussion, decide on the object the group would like to focus on for the assignment. It could be a slice of carpet, a cup of tea, a cemetery plot. Choose an object you think is a good display of inequality in Hong Kong.
Each group member must contribute to exploring the city to find an example of the group’s chosen object. Remember to take a photograph, and document the location and price.
Come back together with all of your object information and create a collective map.
The team with the most diverse price differentials, and the most ground covered will win the inequality race.
- Each photo or video must contain the price and the object in the same image if possible.
- Write a short description of what this object and its price can tell us about the city.
- Objects must be linked to a map so viewers can understand where they are located.
Technology Requirement: Photography & video (phones)
Submission: One map or presentation with approximately 10 photos: 5 cheap objects, 5 expensive objects
*Each team member must also report on their tasks and activities individually as part of the overall group and submit a personal reflection on inequity discovered in the assignment as part of the submission (500-1000 words)
Assignments will be graded on:
- Distance covered, price differentials, and the choice of the object as a marker of an important element of inequality Hong Kong society.
- Depth of Research undertaken
- Creative approach
- Team work and the delegation of tasks
DUE November 18th
This assignment is made up of three parts: 1) field notes with 5-10 documentary photographs; 2) a 2-5 minute urban self-portrait; and 3) a 10 minute presentation. A rubric for each part of the assignment is on our course Canvas page.
DUE December 2
Your blog will be a visual and narrative exploration of the course time and your voyage through the city. This is both a personal and narrative journey. You can include elements of pyschogeography, journaling, videos, photos and maps.
- Visual Approach
- Ability to understand concepts and theories around urban processes covered in class
- Ability to interpret ideas in creative ways
4 | Participation | 15%
This grade reflects the participation over the various activities in the field we do during our field trips, as well as your overall attendance and participation in class.