College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 370: Introduction to Documentary

ENGH 370-001: Introduction to Documentary
(Spring 2014)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW

Robinson A106

Section Information for Spring 2014

This introduction to the study of documentary considers fundamental concepts of form, style, and subject matter, as well as aesthetic, political, and ethical issues. We will conduct close analyses of a series of representative films to ask these questions: how are documentaries like or unlike news or reality TV or YouTube? How are documentaries personal or political? How are they objective or persuasive? How do they manipulate story, create knowledge or convey truth? How do they tell stories, for whom and about whom?

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Considers fundamental concepts of documentary form, style, and subject matter, ethical considerations, and theories of documentary. Includes close analysis of a series of representative film and television texts. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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