2018-2019 Catalog

MAC 241 The Politics and Poetics of Documentary

In a digital moment where both the democratizing and totalitarian possibilities of media are unprecedented, the need to analyze and understand both the politics and poetics (the distinct audiovisual rhetorical strategies) of documentary media has never been more vital. This class combines readings, screenings, discussions, group exercises, and distinct forms of critical and professional writing to explore the evolving histories, theories, ethical questions, and creative modes of documentary. Together we will examine how documentary media can effect social change, expand the diversity of voices and stories that are seen and heard, and challenge each us to reimagine our fundamental conceptions of "truth" and "reality." 


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity
  • Fine Arts