Students critically examine documentary films from acclaimed
international film-makers as an evolutionary process - from early
achievements to current productions. Three major different
approaches to documentary film-making are investigated. Determining
films that are documents of "reality" attempting to reveal truths
establishes the first part of the course. Secondly, students
scrutinize films that are propagandistic or powerfully persuasive
recognize their construction and methods. Lastly, students analyze
films by contemporary non-fiction filmmakers as to their personal
visions and expressions. There are screenings, interactive
reflective journal work and guided discussions.
This course is part of the
General Education curriculum
which is designed to
contribute to the
of the students'
consciousness of the
diversity, complexity, and
richness of the human
experience; their ability to
establish meaning through
this consciousness; and, as
result, their ability to
creatively, and positively
the society in which they
live and work. General
Education courses strengthen
students' generic skills,
such as critical analysis,
problem solving, and
communication, in the
of an exploration of topics
with broad-based personal
and/or societal importance.
|Cross College Courses
||Program Coordinator: Sarah Sinclair
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the
ability to determine what constitutes documentary films, scrutinize
the methods of persuasive film production, and analyze contemporary
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated
the ability to:
1. Examine various approaches to documentary film-making.
2. Identify the on-going process involving international film
3. Investigate documentary films that attempt to expose "realities".
4. Scrutinize persuasive documentary film-making methods.
5. Analyze the personal visions and expressions of contemporary
6. Engage in topical discussions related to documentary film
7. Explore further concepts of documentary film interpretations.
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
In-class written responses(6@5%)................... ....30%
Critical Review Assignment...............................20%
Please note that all six written responses to film screenings are
conducted as in-class assignments. (5% each)
The mid-term and final tests are scheduled and completed in-class
during the scheduled times. (25% each)
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in
the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their
individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered
within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and
times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for
submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed
tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are
awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity
is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero
may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late
submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up
to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays),
after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include
any day that the college is open for business, whether the student
has scheduled classes that day or not.
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or
fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional
circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance
of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied
students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence
and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a
medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a
time and place specified by the professor upon the student's
return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to
earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the
additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a
modification of due dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be
submitted at the beginning of class.
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort
unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions
regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent
of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to
keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy
of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been
previously agreed to or suggested by the professor.
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical
and field components in order to pass the course.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
||Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
||Arts In Society
||Social and Cultural Understanding
||Science and Technology
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
||Not Eligible for PLAR
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