7 x 1.5-hour lectures per semester
7 x 1.5-hour tutorials per semester
7 x 4-hour film screenings per semester
Enrolment not permitted
SCRN2006 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic considers aesthetic forms and ethical components of non-fiction media within their specific historical contexts. Students may encounter a spectrum of non-fiction forms and rhetorics, ranging from older-style documentaries (e.g., expository, expressionist, and observational documentary practices) to televisual production (tabloid journalism, reality TV) to blogs and other newer media formats. The ethics circumscribing non-fiction production are paramount, leading us to consider matters of truth and responsibility as well as a director's accountability to audience and subject.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • provide students with a chance to become familiar with the rhetorical strategies commonly found within non-fiction media

  • provide students with an opportunity to formulate an informed opinion about what non-fiction media is, and how it differs from fictional work

  • assist students in becoming familiar with different non-fiction "modes"

  • provide students with opportunities to explore the ethics of non-fiction media
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of the rhetorical strategies commonly found within non-fiction media

  • show an understanding of what non-fiction media is and how it differs from fictional media

  • demonstrate knowledge of different non-fiction "modes"

  • show an understanding of ethics in non-fiction media