BLS 340 Discourse, Drama, Documentary

documentary film crew during sunset

Documentary films cross and confuse notions of “truth,” or journalism, and “lies,” or fiction.  This course focuses on viewing, analyzing, and writing critically about documentary films.  Students will examine how and why selected documentary films convey various and overlapping identity components such as gender, race, class, dis/ability, and sexuality.  Assignments include discussion forum postings, quizzes, and first and final drafts of a term paper.


Berry Keith Grant and Jeannette Slaniowski, eds, Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014) Note: Available as eBook from UNCG Library