BLURRED BOUNDARIES: FACT AND FICTION IN FILM - 2017/8

Module code: MFC1019

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

HONESS ROE A Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

P303

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

40

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 33

Lecture Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION 30%
Coursework WRITTEN ASSESSMENTS 70%

Alternative Assessment

Recorded presentation or oral examination.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module looks at non-fiction film and explores the issues and debates that surround documentary film and its associated fictional genres such as mock-documentary and drama documentary. Documentary, and its associated fictional genres, will be placed in a historical context and will be studied up to the most recent contemporary practice.

Module aims

Explore a range and depth of documentary film and films from related fictional genres

Interrogate the labels ‘non-fiction' and ‘documentary’ and their historical and cultural specificity

Explore the intersection between non-fiction and fiction in cinema (contemporary and historica)

Survey and question the key issues, questions and theories associated with non-fiction film

Develop students' ability to think independently and to interrogate ideas presented in film and in writing

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Interpret non-fiction film in the context of the scholarly and theoretical debates concerning the nature of documentary film KCPT
Identify, and subject to critique, a range of definitions of documentary film KCPT
Position documentary, and related fictional genres, in a historical context KCPT
Explain the issues arising out of specific cases of documentary film and films from associated fictional genres KCPT
Engage in debate regarding a variety of concepts around documentary film and its related fictional genres (which may include ethics, representation, style). KCPT
Analyse and decode examples of contemporary and historical documentary filmmaking and filmmaking from associated fictional genres KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

 Indicative content includes:


Documentary film from early cinema to contemporary examples
Mock-documentary
Drama documentary

Methods of Teaching / Learning

 The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Provide students with a broad and/or in-depth knowledge of contemporary and historical documentary film and its related fictional genres
Provide students with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to interpret and analyse documentary film and its related fictional genres
Allow students to practice these analytical skills verbally and in writing


 The learning and teaching methods include:


Lecturer and seminars
Reading using lecturer’s guidance
Film screenings
Researching and preparing presentations
In-class discussion

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of important moments, theories and issues associated with documentary film and its related fictional genres, the ability to analyse a specific film in depth and to debate the issues surrounding documentary film and its associated fictional genres

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Written assessments to a total of 1500 words (periodic during semester)

·         Presentation and participation (continuous and during semester)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Short writing tasks

·         In-class participation in verbal analysis of films and readings

Reading list

Reading list for BLURRED BOUNDARIES: FACT AND FICTION IN FILM : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mfc1019

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.