10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 126
Section Information for Fall 2015
This introduction to the study of documentary considers form, style, and subject matter, as well as aesthetic, political, and ethical issues. We'll watch movies and TV in order to address some key concepts, including how documentaries raise particular ethical and interpretive questions, during production and consumption. We will also ask: What are documentaries’ relations to news, reality TV, or YouTube? How is documentary political? How do documentaries tell stories, for whom and about whom or what? How do they create or convey subjective and objective "truths"?
Movies and TV shows may include Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, Approaching the Elephant, Closed Curtain, Cops, Going Clear, Happy Valley, Hoop Dreams, Iyanla: Fix My Life, The Jinx, National Gallery, The Newburgh Sting, The Oath, The Thin Blue Line, 30 for 30, 12 O'Clock Boys, and Vice.
Fulfills Mason Core requirement in Arts.
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..
Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.