Documentary Film and Television

Module code: HA2334 (double module)

This module serves as an introduction to documentary practice in film and television. We will look at examples of documentary from different national cinemas – such as Britain, Germany, the United States, Russia and Argentina – and across a range of historical period from the 1930s to the present. The module will consider:

  • The different historical and ideological contexts of documentary production
  • The social and political purpose of documentary
  • The formal and aesthetic conventions of different modes of documentary practice
  • The development of theories of documentary from John Grierson to the present
  • The critical and popular reception of particular film and television documentaries

This is a double weighted module. Extended seminars, and an additional assignment will allow you to study the material covered in HA2434 in greater depth.

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 1 hours of tutorials
  • 20 hours of supervised time in lab/studio/workshop
  • 249 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 2,500 words (50%)
  • Student-led seminar (50%)