COMM 159 - First-year Seminar in Media Issues
Section: 002 Documentary Journalism: Truth on the Screen
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Credits do not count toward the Communication Studies major requirements.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
First-year students only.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Former CNN Correspondent Anthony Collings introduces students to journalism presented in documentary form. The course covers the history of visual documentaries and their evolution through various forms including reportage, public affairs films, propaganda, historical documentaries, political advocacy, and others. Students explore controversial aspects of documentaries including issues of bias, objectivity and advocacy. The course covers a wide range of documentaries, from early works such as Nanook of the North to films by Frederick Wiseman, Errol Morris, Michael Moore, Ken Burns and others. To enhance their understanding of the complex decisions involved in planning and filming a subject, students will prepare short documentaries of their own.

COMM 159 - First-year Seminar in Media Issues
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
9Enrollment Management
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Does not meet Communication Studies major requirements. First Year Student
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ISBN: 9780195182705
Documentary film, Author: Aufderheide, Patricia., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 9780814339718
Documenting the documentary : close readings of documentary film and video
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