345-101-MQ, Documentary: Ways of Knowing
Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the nature of knowledge by engaging in a critical examination of documentary film and photography. The image is a powerful tool. The invention of photography changed our relationship to the world, each other and ourselves, challenging our perceptions of truth and reality, objectivity and subjectivity. This course will examine the nature of documentary and how the photographic image has contributed to the production and social construction of knowledge in our society. Students will trace documentary film from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. Students will engage with the main theoretical and ethical debates around the study of knowledge and documentary film/photography. How do we define documentary? Whose stories are being told? What are the responsibilities and obligations of documentary filmmakers and audiences? How does documentary help us to understand ourselves?