Course Description & Schedule - Spring 2017

Course Information:

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

Course Number: 36329
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 (January 17th - May 21st).

* 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. Exhibit an understanding of how people in diverse cultures have produced culturally significant documentaries that promote social awareness.
2. Develop analytical techniques to access the social and historical contexts of documentary and digital culture in meaningful ways.
3. Evaluate how the aesthetics of documentary and digital technology reflect culture through formal analysis, rhetoric, and philosophy.
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. All 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 One: January 17 -
January 22 - Course Introduction

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

Week Two:
January 23 - January 29 - Definitions of Documentary
Bill Nichols, “How Can We Define Documentary Film?” (pp. 1-41)
Screening: Photographic Memory (Ross McElwee, 2011)

Week Three:
January 30 - February 5 - 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 Four: February
6 -
February 12 - 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 Five:
February 13 - February 19 - 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 Six:
February 20 - February 26 - 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 Seven:
February 27 - March 5 - Social Media and the Arab Spring
Read: Howard Rheingold, “Using Participatory Media and Public Voice to Encourage Civic Engagement” & Jennifer James, “8 Tips for Effectively Using Social Media for Social Change”  

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

Week Eight:
March 6 - March 12Civil 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 Nine:
March 13 - March 19 - MIDTERM

Week Ten:
March 20 - March 26 - 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) & Converging Technologies (TV Choice, 2008)


Eleven: March 27 - April 2 - SPRING RECESS

Week Twelve:
April 3 - April 9 - Transmedia Storytelling
Read: Henry Jenkins, “Transmedia Storytelling 101”
Land of Opportunity (Luisa Dantas, 2010)

Week Thirteen:
April 10 - April 16 - Immersive Journalism
Read: Nonny de la Peña et al., “Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First-Person Experience of News"
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 Fourteen:
April 17 - April 23 - i-Docs: Interactive Documentary
Read: Kate Nash, “Modes of Interactivity: Analyzing the Webdoc”
Screening: The Displaced (Imrann Esmail & Ben Solomon, 2015)

Week Fifteen:
April 24 - April 30 - Documentary and Remix Culture
Read: Pat Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi, “Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video”
Screening: A Fair(y) Use Tale (Eric Faden, 2007)

Week Sixteen: May 1 - May 7 - Transhumanism and Society
Google Glass Live Demonstration I/O 2012 Keynote & Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (Regan Brashear, 2013)

Week Seventeen:
May 8 - May 14 - Digital Technology & Sexuality
Read: Daily Mail, “Would You Become a Robophile?”
Screening: InRealLife (Beeban Kidron, 2014)

Week Eighteen: FINAL DUE May 21