Checking date: 22/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Theory of documentary film and news reporting
Master in Documentary and Journalistic Transmedia Reportage (Plan: 321 - Estudio: 289)

Coordinating teacher: CARRERA ALVAREZ, MARIA PILAR

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students will learn: How documentary rhetoric works in a different kind of "factual" audiovisual narratives. The political and ideological implications of factual narratives and their modes of reception. The historical evolution documentary film and its main features. The evolution and transformations of the documentary genre in the digital context.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to the notion of documentary 2. Narrating reality?: Mise-en-scène and rhetorical mediation 3. Documentary histories 4. Documentary and historical narratives 5. Documentary and the logic of capital 6. Documentary and power 7. Recaps and discussion of projects
Learning activities and methodology
Learnig activities Master class Practical sessions: Teamwork Individual work Workshops and seminars Methodology: Master Class are intended to develop critical skills among students. They incorporate case studies, textual and audiovisual analysis, presentations and discussions, and the elaboration of brief essays (audiovisual or textual). Homework assignments include the creation of short audiovisual pieces, critical readings, and rhetorical structure analysis.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • Barnouw, Eric. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. Oxford University Press. 1993
  • Benjamin, Walter. Mediaciones . Biblioteca Nueva. 2017
  • Carmona, Ramón. Cómo se comenta un texto fílmico. Cátedra. 1991
  • Carrera, Pilar. Basado en hechos reales. Mitologías mediáticas e imaginario digital. Cátedra . 2020
  • Carrera, Pilar . Documentary inscription in fiction films. Studies in Documentary Film, 15 (1). 2021
  • Carrera, Pilar y Talens, Jenaro. El relato documental: Efectos de sentido y modos de recepción. Cátedra. 2018
  • Lozano, Jorge. El discurso histórico. Alianza Universidad . 1994
  • Nichols, Bill. Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary. Indiana University Press. 1992
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.