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JOURN 125 The Documentary: A Social Force (5 credits)



Distribution Area Fulfilled Humanities; General Transfer Elective
Course Description
Throughout history, the documentary film has been a major social force that has moved us, amused us, manipulated us and inspired us. Using viewings and group discussions, this class examines the history and genres of the non-fiction film and the social impact of modern documentaries.

Student Outcomes
1. Recognize the impact of the documentary film on shaping a society.
2. Explain how documentaries can shape our views of reality and motivate us to action.
3. Compare the approach and motivation of influential documentary film producers.
4. Identify and explain how market forces determine the production and exhibition of documentaries.
5. Identify the primary genres or classifications of documentary films.
6. Explain the history and development of the documentary film.
7. Explain how social forces and technology caused documentary film production to evolve into a separate industry of entertainment films.
8. Recognize the differences between a documentary, a docudrama, and a fact-based film.
9. Identify ways in which individuals can influence the mass media industries to make them more useful and responsive to a society.



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