May 18, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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MDIA 2132 - Contemporary American Documentary

Contemporary American Documentary looks at contemporary issues in American life through the work of distinguished non-fiction filmmakers. Documentaries dealing with all aspects of American society are screened and discussed. Politics, race, poverty, religion, big business and war are among the issues dealt with. The aim of this course is to illuminate and examine the issues, and to develop critical viewing skills so that students become savvy consumers of such media.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students become aware of the wide variety of documentary styles and techniques being used by contemporary documentary filmmakers.
  • Students will develop a better understanding themselves, our society, and the great economic, political, and moral issues which confront humankind.
  • Students will further develop their ability to evaluate and synthesize historical and societal information provided through viewings and lectures.
  • Through documentary films students will understand the historical forces that have shaped our present world and will condition our future.

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