Jul 06, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

COMM 3340 The Documentary & Non-Fiction Film


Study the development of the documentary and other nonfiction cinemas, incorporating cultural studies notions addressing how otherness, exoticism, and social and political issues that affect culturally distant societies are viewed. Through screenings and discussion seminars, students learn to define the different documentary modes and to analyze their formal production approaches, narrative and rhetorical structures, and the ways in which these construct meaning in the nonfiction film. Issues such as the ethics and politics of representation are addressed, in addition to more abstract questions related to the documentary, such as the real or imagined lines between fact and fiction, relationships between truth and reality, personal experience, and the problems of its representation. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2340 
Credits: 3.0