Checking date: 07/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Theory of documentary film and news reporting
Study: Master in Documentary and Transmedia Journalism Feature (289)

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.
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.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to the notion of documentary: historical and epistemological questions 2. Narrating reality?: Mise-en-scène and rhetorical mediation 3. Boundaries of documentary film 4. Imaginaries of documentary film 5. Documentary and historical narratives 6. "Documentary effect" and modes of reception 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
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. The Media and Us. Eu-topias, vol. 11. 2016
  • Carrera, Pilar. Basado en hechos reales. Mitologías mediáticas e imaginario digital. Cátedra . 2020
  • 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
  • Zunzunegui, Santos. Pensar la imagen . Cátedra. 2007
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