Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Documentary Screens
Academic Year
Semester 1
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1: 2500 word essay  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2: 2500 word essay OR 1x5 minute video essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 1: 2500 word essay - (to a new title)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 1: 2500 word essay - (to a new title) OR 1x5 minute video essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. To demonstrate an intelligent awareness of debates about documentary film and documentary film movements.

2. To critically evaluate models of documentary theory.

3. To critically apply models of documentary theory to the texts under consideration.

4. To show an analytical understanding of a range of filmic texts.

Brief description

‘The Documentary Tradition’ module takes a chronological journey through the development of documentary film and television from its beginnings to the 1980s. ‘Documentary Screens’ seeks to expand this to the present day and across multiple media and formats.


Course delivery:

10 x 2 hour Lecture/Viewings
10 x 1 hour Seminars

Issues of Historiography and Documentary Theory
Documentary Pioneers I: Flaherty
Documentary Pioneers II: Vertov
Grierson and the British Documentary Movement
Jean Rouch and Cinema Verite
Direct Cinema
The Essay Film
First Person Documentaries
The Creative Documentary
Interactive Documentary

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Oral communication through the interactive nature of the lecture/workshops (not assessed) and written communication through the essays (assessed). Visual communication will be developed (and assessed) through the video essays.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback provided on the first assignment in order to improve in the second assignment.
Information Technology Use of IT in research for assignments.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving This will be developed on a weekly basis through discussion of topics in the lecture/workshop and in the assignments
Research skills Developed through the assignments (written and visual)
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop skills in documentary analysis which they can then apply to their practical engagement with documentary in their creative practice.
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 5