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Introduction to Documentary (SCR102)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to the core issues, debates and theories in the study of documentary film. It encompasses the perspectives of history, modes, genre, ethics, and social functions. This unit explores how documentary techniques influence the way we organise knowledge about the world, and the way we represent ourselves and others.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
ULO1 Display a sound knowledge of the principles and development of documentary;
ULO2 Critically communicate views on the genre & modes of documentary, the documentary film institutions, and documentary film text;
ULO3 Understand other cultures and appreciate cultural diversity;
ULO4 Apply critical skills to other disciplines and to culture at large.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials 1.5 hours per week. Screenings 1.5 hours per week (following the lecture)
Unit Learning Experiences The lectures introduce major theories, debates and issues in the discipline of cinematic documentation. The assigned films based on the lecture topics range from classics to avant-garde productions, selected in terms of their relevance to the theoretical approaches chosen. As SCR102 encourages learning as a reflective and re-constructive creation of knowledge, our tutorials are designed to aim at an interactive learning process. The tutorial discussions fall into two general categories: issue-based and cinema-based topics. We will explore each week's film within the theoretical framework introduced in the lectures, by investigating documentary forms, cinematic styles and themes. During ONE of the tutorials throughout the semester, students will be required to offer a presentation based on the topic nominated. Students will have 20 minutes for their presentations [including Q&A]. While the tutorial presentation requires you to discuss the topic in conceptual form, it should also foreground your personal experience of documentary film. In addition to the tutorial presentations students are required to have read the nominated readings and participate in open discussions.
Assessment 10% - Student participation and interaction - contribution to tutorial discussion and peer presentations.
20% - A 20-minute presentation (plus Q&A) with a 1-2 page point-form summary of the presentation. 40% - Film Review and critique of one of the chosen films within the unit - discussing in detail the cinematic language and representations of truth and reality within the chosen film text.
30% - A short-answer concepts test.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC333 Documentary OR SCR300 Documentary may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCommun)+(BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Glen Stasiuk

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6468
e: g.stasiuk@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.046 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Glen Stasiuk

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6468
e: g.stasiuk@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.046 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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