Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: DRA                                     Course Number: 346                                    
Course Title: Documentary Film and Media
Subject: Drama
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course provides an introduction to the history of documentary film and the role it plays in shaping our understanding of the world around us. Through the study of documentary film and TV, docudramas and fictional mockumentaries, students will explore the role nonfiction media plays in establishing truths and shaping social realities. This course will explore how forms of documentary media present viewers with an argument about the nature of the world around them; examine the role of documentary images as evidence; explore the creative processes that underlie all nonfiction media making; and examine the ethics of documentary making. To deepen their media literacy and understanding of truth and fiction in the media, students will view documentary films and videos and read popular and scholarly texts exploring the historical and theoretical aspects of documentary film and non-fiction media.

Prerequisite: ENG 102/201, DRA106
Start Date:    06/30/2010                         End Date:    06/30/2014