Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Description
Warren, Shilyh
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6312 Section 001
T Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Documentary: Aesthetics & Ethics

Description of Course:

In this course we set out to discover what political, ethical, and aesthetic questions distinguish documentary from fictional filmmaking. We're interested in the intertwined histories of cinema, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and tourism, particularly as these have defined the “worldview” of documentary film. The course is roughly divided into 3 parts: documentaries about others; documentaries about selves; and documentaries about nature and the environment. Throughout the semester, we're asking if, how, and why documentaries construct knowledge about the self, others, and the world we all share. Our work occurs at the intersection of art, history, and the broadest questions of the humanities, such as how we do relate to one another as humans and non-humans, how do we represent those relationships through visual and aural technologies, and what responsibilities do we have to each other and the forms of art we produce, consume, and experience? This course also provides a valuable introduction to post-structuralism, post-colonial theory, and animal studies.

Required Texts:


Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

• 3 Reading/Screening Responses (1 for each section – 500 words) = 30%
• 1 mid-term project = 35%
• 1 final paper (2500 words) = 35%

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