Course Description & Schedule - Fall 2017

Course Information:

Course Title:
Documentary, New Media and Society - CINE 19 Onl

Course Number: 75383
Section: 831

Prerequisite(s): None

Office Hours and Location:
By email appointment:

* CINE 19 is a 3 unit lecture course. Students should expect to dedicate 6-8 hours per week to the course. We will be working over a total of 18 weeks (August 21st - December 24th).

* The class is fully online and does not require any face-to-face campus visits. I can be reached at (Monday-Friday). I will respond within 48 hours.

Course Description:
This course examines how evolving digital technology has dramatically altered how we understand society, politics, and culture in the context of documentary. The course explores the aesthetics of documentary and how digital technology has transformed how we understand the rhetoric of documentary form and culture. Topics of study include documentary modes, citizen journalism, social media, digital convergence, transmedia storytelling, immersive journalism, and interactive documentary.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Analyze how people in diverse cultures have produced culturally significant documentaries that promote social awareness.
2. Analyze the social and historical contexts of documentary and digital culture in meaningful ways.
3. Apply formal analysis, rhetoric, and/or philosophy to evaluate how the aesthetics of documentary and digital technology reflect culture.
Required Reading and Viewing Materials:
There is one required textbook for the course:

* Introduction to Documentary (2nd Edition) by Bill Nichols

All other readings will be available as PDFs in Canvas. Many films for the course will be available to view via Kanopy. Kanopy is a streaming service free to all CCSF students. To access Kanopy:

1. Go to the CCSF Articles & Databases page here:
2. Scroll down to Streaming Video and click on the link marked Kanopy Films
3. Enter your CCSF Barcode # located on your student ID card (not your student ID #)
Technical Requirements:
Use of the Canvas online learning system: If you have a question regarding how to use the Canvas system, please visit the Online Course Support Center at:
Student Readiness Questionnaire:

Are you wondering if online learning is right for you? Please visit this website and take the online survey to see if this class may be a good fit for you:
Course Content & Schedule: 

Week 1: August 21 -
August 27 - Course Introduction

Screening: Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (Pepita Ferrari, 2008)

Week 2:
August 28 - September 3 - Definitions of Documentary
Bill Nichols, “How Can We Define Documentary Film?” (pp. 1-41)
Screening: Photographic Memory (Ross McElwee, 2011)

Week 3:
September 4 - September 10 - Documentary Voice and the Digital Age
Bill Nichols, “What Gives Documentary Films a Voice of Their Own?” (pp. 67-93)
Screening: I Love Alaska (Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug, 2009)

Week 4:
September 11 - September 17 - Documentary Modes: Expository and Poetic
Bill Nichols, “How Can We Differentiate Among Documentaries? Categories, Models, and the Expository and Poetic Modes of Documentary Film” (pp. 142-171)

Screening: Night and Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955) & Rain (Joris Ivens, 1929)

Week 5:
September 18 - September 24 - Documentary Modes: Observational, Participatory, Reflexive, and Performative
Bill Nichols, “How Can We Describe the Observational, Participatory, Reflexive, and Performative Modes of Documentary Film?" (pp. 172-211)
Screening: CLIPS: Salesman (Albert & David Maysles, 1968), Nobody’s Business (Alan Berliner, 1996), Five Obstructions (Jorgen Leth & Lars von Trier, 2004) & Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989)  

Week 6:
September 25 - October 1 - Citizen Journalism and Digital Platforms
Read: Bill Nichols, “How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?” (pp. 212-252)
Screening: @home (Susanne Suffredin, 2013)

Week 7:
October 2 - October 8 - Social Media and the Arab Spring
Read: Alexandra Juhasz, “Ceding the Activist Digital Documentary”

Screening: How Facebook Changed The World - The Arab Spring - Episode 1 of 2 (BBC, 2011)

Week 8:
October 9 - October 15Civil Liberty in the Digital Age
Read: Dennis West and Joan M. West, “Big Brother’s Terms and Conditions Do Apply: An Interview with Cullen Hoback”  
Terms and Conditions May Apply (Cullen Hoback, 2013)

Week 9:
October 16 - October 22 - MIDTERM

Week 10:
October 23 - October 29 - Documentary and Digital Convergence
Henry Jenkins, “Introduction: ‘Worship at the Altar of Convergence’ – A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change”
Screening: Stranger Comes to Town (Jacqueline Goss, 2007)

Week 11: October 30 - November 5 - Transmedia Storytelling
Henry Jenkins, “Transmedia Storytelling 101”
Last Hijack (Femke Wolting & Tommy Pallotta, 2014)

Week 12: November 6 - November 12 - Immersive Journalism
Nonny de la Peña et al., “Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First-Person Experience of News"
CLIPS: Across the Line (Nonny de la Peña, 2016), Project Syria (Nonny de la Peña, 2014), Use of Force (Nonny de la Peña, 2013) & Hunger in Los Angeles (Nonny de la Peña, 2012)

Week 13: November 13 - November 19 - i-Docs: Interactive Documentary
Read: Kate Nash, “Modes of Interactivity: Analyzing the Webdoc”
Screening: The Displaced (Imrann Esmail & Ben Solomon, 2015)

November 20 - November 26 - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Week 15:
November 27 - December 3 - Documentary and Remix Culture
Read: Pat Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi, “Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video”
Screening: RiP: A Remix Manifesto (Brett Gaylor, 2009)

Week 16: December 4 - December 10 - Transhumanism and Society
Google Glass Live Demonstration I/O 2012 Keynote & Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (Regan Brashear, 2013)

Week 17:
December 11 - December 17 - Digital Technology & Sexuality
Read: Daily Mail, “Would You Become a Robophile?”
Screening: Turned On (Episode 2): Love Me Tinder (Jill Bauer & Ronna Gradus, 2017)

Week 18: FINAL DUE December 24