12 x 1-hour lectures per semester
12 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
12 x 2-hour film screenings per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SCME2003, 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 completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the rhetorical strategies commonly found within non-fiction media
  2. Show an understanding of what non-fiction media is and how it differs from fictional media
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of different non-fiction "modes"
  4. Show an understanding of ethics in non-fiction media