Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Description
Frome, Jonathan
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6373 Section 001
W Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Documentary Film

Description of Course:

What makes a documentary different than a fiction film? How have documentaries changed over the years? What are the different kinds of documentaries and documentary styles? Can or should a documentary be "objective"?

This course will introduce students to the history and theory of documentary film. Starting with the earliest films, which were non-fiction recordings of reality, and moving to the present day, we will look at the changes in documentary films and filmmakers.

Although the course will concentrate on film, we will spend some time discussing interactive digital media (simulations, videogames, etc.) in the context of these issues.

Required Texts:

All readings will be available on e-reserve. Readings must be brought to class in printouts on in electronic form.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly out-of-class screenings of documentary films, one class presentation, active participation, and a 12 pg. final paper, which may be rewritten after receiving comments from me.

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