Checking date: 17/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Documentary and Report
Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 384 - Estudio: 231)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA LOPEZ, SONIA

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Film Narrative Reading Moving Image Fundamentals of Film and Television Direction I Fundamentals of Film and Television Direction II Film Production Digital Post-production
1. Knowledge and ability to identify and apply theories, resources and methods in the processes of elaboration and analysis of documentaries and reportages (CG3). 2. Ability to critically perceive the documentary and reportage, understood as products of the socio-political, economic and cultural conditions of a given historical period (CG4). 3. Ability to define and develop research topics or innovative personal creation that can contribute to the knowledge or development of documentary language or its interpretation (GC6). 4. Assimilation of the theoretical and practical foundations of the technologies, techniques, resources and procedures required for the creation and production of documentaries and reportages (CE1). 5. Analytical and critical capacity in relation to documentaries, through knowledge of theories, forms, processes and trends in media communication and audiovisual communication (CE2). 6. Acquisition of advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects and working methodology in the field of documentary and reportage (R1). 7. Ability to reflect, through the documentary and reportage form, on social, cultural, scientific or ethical issues (R2). 8. Ability to organize the process of self-learning with a high degree of autonomy in all types of contexts (R3) 9. Ability to prepare reports, analysis or research on general aspects of documentary or documentary productions and reportages, according to the canons of the disciplines of communication and considering the socio-political and cultural context of their production and circulation (R10).
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
TOPIC 1. DEFINITION Unit 1.1. Documentary and reportage conventions Unit 1.2. The modes of documentary and reportage I Unit 1.3. The modes of documentary and reportage II Unit 1.4. The modes of documentary and reportage III TOPIC 2. TECHNIQUES Unit 2.1. Sound recording and the interview Unit 2.2. Voice Unit 2.3. Archive Unit 2.4. Rethorical and stylistic devices TOPIC 3. REALITY WRITING 3.1. Political writing of reality 3.2. Writing the (in)visible 3.3. Writings of the self TEMA 4. INTERVENTIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS Unidad 4.1. Archival fiction Unidad 4.2. Documentary as potential history Unidad 4.3. Kill the documentary. An evocation of Jill Godmilow
Learning activities and methodology
1. Lectures: reasoned and interactive presentation of the contents of the program with the support of computer and/or audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the materials and bibliography are provided to complement the student's learning (CG3, CG4, CG6, CE2, R1, R2). 2. Practical classes: seminars and tutored hands-on sessions. Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. posed by the teacher individually or in groups (CG3, CG6, CE1, R2, R3, R10). -Developing documentary creativity (writing/researching, camera/sound, editing). -Elaboration of an audiovisual essay of between 5 and 8 minutes by students working individually or in pairs. 3. Experimental workshop (CE1, CE2, R2, R3). -Elaboration of a 3 to 5 minutes short documentary film based on a photograph by groups of 3 students. 4. Student's work (CG3, CG6, CE1, R1, R2, R3, R4). -Tutored study of theoretical-practical contents and teaching materials, and completing the audiovisual assignments. 5. Tutored sessions. Individualized assistance (individual tutored sessions) or group assistance (group tutored sessions) to students by the faculty.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. The danger of a single story. National Geographic Learning. 2016
  • Azoulay, Ariella. Potential History. Unlearning Imperialism.. Verso. 2019
  • Bruzzi, Stella. New Documentary. Routledge. 2006
  • Cuevas, Efrén. Filming History from Below: Microhistorical Documentaries. New York: Columbia University Press. 2022
  • Godmilow, Jill. Kill the documentary. A Letter to Filmmakers, Students, and Scholars. Columbia University Press. 2022
  • Haraway, Donna. ¿Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective¿. Feminist Studies, Vol. 14, No. 3. (Autumn), pp. 575-599.. 1988
  • Lindeperg, Sylvie y Ania Szczepanska. Who Owns the Images? The Paradox of Archives, between Commercialization, Free Circulation and Respect.. meson press. 2021
  • Nichols, Bill. Representing reality. Indiana University Press. 1991
  • Nichols, Bill. Introduction to documentary. Third edition. Indiana University Press. 2017
  • Portelli, Alessandro. ¿What Makes Oral History Different¿, Oral History, Oral Culture, and Italian Americans, pp. 21-30. Palgrave Macmillan. 2009
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Baron, Jaimie. The Archive Effect. Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History. New York-Londres: Routledge. 2014
  • Chanan, Michael. The Politics of Documentary. BFI. 2007
  • Curran Bernard, Sheila, y Kenn Rabin. Archival Storytelling. A Filmmaker¿s guide to finding, using and licensing third-party visuals and music. . Focal Press. 2008
  • Honess Roe, Annabelle . Animated Documentary. London: Springer.. 2013
  • Leyda, Jay. Films Beget Films. New York: Hill and Wang. 1964
  • Mendelson, Jordana. Documenting Spain: Artists, Exhibition Culture, and the Modern Nation, 1929-1939. Pennsylvania: Penn State Press.. 2005
  • Rabiger, Michael . Directing the Documentary. Focal Press. 2005
  • Shub-Sharp, Ilana Leah. . Esfir Shub. Pioneer of Documentary Filmmaking. Bloomsbury Academic. 2022
  • Weinrichter, Antonio. Desvíos de lo real. El cine de no ficción. . Madrid: T&B. 2004
  • Winston, Brian. The Documentary Film Book. BFI. 2013
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