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Module

POL3107 : Documentary Film and World Politics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Philpott
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course aims to explore the emergence and effects of documentary film and its ways of communicating and analysing key events, issues and ideas in international politics. The course aims to show how documentary film is a specialised and specific medium for communicating international politics. The course then aims to show how documentary has evolved over time through the examination of issues, events and ideas and their presentation in documentary film. The course aims to present a sophisticated account of visual analysis as well as presenting ideas on how visual analysis can be synthesised with other textual forms. Overall the course aims to provide students with an opportunity to examine of the politics of documentary film and the ways that documentary films present a unique perspective on international politics.

Outline Of Syllabus

To introduce students to the ways in which international politics has been documented through the visual medium of the documentary film.
To introduce students to the history of documentary film as a medium of political analysis.
To introduce students to key debates in documentary film as a medium of communication.
To introduce students to different approaches to visual analysis.

Topics may include:
•       The history of documentary film
•       The political economy of documentary film
•       The politics of seeing and the visual
•       Popular documentary vs underground documentary
•       Activating empathy
•       Violence, trauma and documentary film
•       Appropriating the past and making the present
•       The possibilities of animation
•       Whither documentary in the age of social media

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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