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Unit information: Documentary Film and Television in 2021/22

Unit name Documentary Film and Television
Unit code FATVM0003
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Massoumi
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None.

Co-requisites

None.

School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will address the theory, history and practice of documentary film, television and screen media. It will explore theoretical issues that documentary has posed historically for makers and audiences such as indexicality, evidence, witnessing, ethics, poetics, subjectivity, the social and political. It will do so through an engagement with key texts and movements, considering the different modes, styles and contexts for documentary making, past and present. Students will then be able to respond to some of the subjects and issues raised through a written essay and by researching, developing and pitching their own idea for a documentary film, television or screen media project.

The unit aims to:

  • develop knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary and historical practices of documentary film, television and screen media, through considering key texts and their technical, industrial, cultural and philosophical contexts informing them;
  • develop understanding of a number of key theoretical issues underpinning documentary forms and practices;
  • develop the ability to analyse and evaluate competing perceptions of a documentary film, television or screen media texts;
  • develop skills in researching, writing and presenting documentary ideas and proposals.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

(1) demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary and historical practices of documentary film, television and screen media;

(2) engage critically with key theories relating to documentary forms and practices;

(3) analyse and evaluate competing perceptions of documentary film, television and screen media;

(4) gain experience in researching and developing an idea for a documentary

(5) develop confidence in articulating and pitching an idea for a documentary project

Teaching Information

Weekly seminar/workshop and screening.

Assessment Information

3,500 word essay (70%) ILO 1-3

Presentation of documentary proposal (30%) ILO 4-5

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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