Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: COM307
Module Title: Documentary (Theory)
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1/SEM1
Originating Department: Department of Media and Communication
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module seeks to introduce students to the form and function of documentary as it has developed internationally, in both film and TV. Using this knowledge, students will be actively encouraged to engage in practical research for documentary film-making
Learning outcomes 
A. analyse the development of documentary forms and functions

B. critically demonstrate a clear understanding of the character of the debates about ‘truthfulness’ and ‘the real’ which have surrounded documentary work

C. apply advanced skills in visual and verbal analysis

D. develop advanced documentary research skills, which can then be applied to the practice of documentary film-making

Method of teaching and learning 



• Types of documentaries

• Key debates in documentary practice

• Ethics of documentary film-making

• Major stages in the development of documentary practice, including research and the production of a documentary treatment.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   13      3  108  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 50.00
2 Documentary Treatment 50.00
1 Essay 50.00
2 Documentary Treatment 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/2/2020 5:46:37 AM