Checking date: 05/07/2021

Course: 2022/2023

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

Coordinating teacher: CARRERA ALVAREZ, MARIA PILAR

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

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.
Skills and learning outcomes
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
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
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Baker, M.. Documentary in the Digital Age. Focal Press. 2005
  • Barnouw, E.. El documental. Historia y Estilo.. Barcelona, Gedisa, 1998..
  • Barsam, R. M.. Non-Fiction Film. Indiana University Press. 1992
  • Barthes, R.. "L'effet de réel". Communications, 11. 1968
  • Bazin, A.. Qué es el cine. Rialp. 2001
  • Brecht, B.. Sur le realisme. L'Arche. 1976
  • Carrera, P y Talens, J.. El relato documental. Efectos de sentido y modos de recepción. Cátedra. 2018
  • Eco, U. . El mensaje persuasivo. Telos 65. 2005
  • Genette, G.. "Fictional narrative. Factual narrative". Poetics Today, 11. 1990
  • Goldmist, D. A.. El documental. Entrevista en exclusiva a quince maestros. Océano. 2003
  • Kilborn, R. y Izod, J.. Confronting Reality: An Introduction to Television Documentary. Manchester University Press. 1997
  • León, J. L.. Persuasión de masas.. Bilbao, Ediciones Deusto, 1989..
  • Morris, Errol. Believing is Seeing. Penguin Press. 2011
  • Nichols, B.. La representación de la realidad: Cuestiones y conceptos sobre el documental. Paidós. 2007
  • Nietzsche, F.. Sobre verdad y mentira.. Madrid, Tecnos, 1990..
  • Saunders, D.. Documentary. Routledge Film Guidebooks. 2010
  • VV.AA. Imagen, memoria y fascinación. Notas sobre el documental en España.. Madrid, Ocho y Medio, 2001..
  • Zunzunegui, S.. Pensar la imagen . Cátedra. 2007
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