Checking date: 11/09/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Theory and analysis of the documentary film
Study: Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Humanities Studies (282)

Coordinating teacher: CARRERA ALVAREZ, MARIA PILAR

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


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
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..
  • 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
  • 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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