Checking date: 07/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Theory and analysis of the documentary film
Study: Bachelor in Journalism (212)

Coordinating teacher: CARRERA ALVAREZ, MARIA PILAR

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Students will: Acquire a global perspective about documentary film and its evolution. Identify the main debates surrounding documentary film. Identify the different documentary genres and styles. Recognize the new trends and formats in documentary film. Learn the basics of documentary narrative. Be able to apply the basics of documentary storytelling to tell a story.
Description of contents: programme
1. Basic Concepts 2. Introduction to Documentary Film History 3. Webdocs: Reinventing Documentary Film on the Internet 4. Cyberactivism and Political Documentary 5. False Documentary / Mockumentary 6. News and Thematic Documentary 7. Creative Documentary Film 8. Brand-Documentary
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures Practical training Readings Online resources (MOOCs, OCW...) Screenings Textual / Film analysis Teamwork Discussion Forums Tutorías
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Baker, M.. Documentary in the Digital Age. Focal Press. 2005
  • Barnouw, E.. El documental. Historia y Estilo.. Barcelona, Gedisa, 1998..
  • Barthes, R.. "El efecto de realidad" en El susurro del lenguaje. Paidós. 1987
  • Bernard. Documentary Storytelling. Focal Press. 2010
  • Genette, G.. "Fictional narrative. Factual narrative". Poetics Today, 11. 1990
  • Nichols, B.. La representación de la realidad: Cuestiones y conceptos sobre el documental. Paidós. 2007
  • Rabiger. Directing the Documentary. Focal Press. 2009
  • Zunzunegui, S.. Pensar la imagen. Cátedra. 2007
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Aristóteles. Retórica. Gredos. 1986
  • Aristóteles. Poética. Alianza. 2013
  • Barsam, R. M.. Non-Fiction Film. Indiana University Press. 1992
  • Barthes, R.. Elementos de semiología. Alberto Corazón. 1971
  • Baudrillard, J.. El crimen perfecto. Anagrama. 2009
  • Bazin, A.. Qué es el cine. RIALP. 2001
  • Benjamin, W.. Discursos interrumpidos I: Filosofía del arte y de la historia. Taurus. 1989
  • Brecht, B.. Sur le realisme. L'Arche. 1976
  • Eco, U.. El mensaje persuasivo. Telos nº 65. 2005
  • Goldmist, D. A.. El documental. Entrevista en exclusiva a quince maestros. Océano. 2003
  • Herzog, W.. Conquest of the Useless. Harper Collins. 2009
  • Jakobson, R.. "On realism in art" in Readings in Russian Poetics: Formalist and Structuralist Views. MIT Press. 1971
  • Kilborn, R. y Izod, J.. Confronting Reality: An Introduction to Television Documentary. Manchester University Press. 1997
  • Ledo, M. . Documentalismo fotográfico. Cátedra. 1998
  • León, J. L.. Persuasión de masas.. Deusto. 1989
  • Morris, E.. Believing is Seeing. Penguin Press. 2011
  • Nietzsche, F.. Sobre verdad y mentira.. Tecnos. 1990
  • Perelman & Olbrechts-Tyteca. Tratado de la argumentación. Gredos. 2006
  • Rascaroli. Amateur Filmmaking. Bloomsbury. 2014
  • Saunders, D.. Documentary. Routledge Film Guidebooks. 2010
  • Toulmin, S. . The Uses of Argument. Cambridge. 2003
  • VV.AA.. Imagen, memoria y fascinación. Notas sobre el documental en España.. Ocho y Medio. 2001
  • Williams, R. . Realism and the contemporary novel. Left Review, 4. 1958
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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