Course Title: Creating Living Documentaries

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 034485

Course Title: Creating Living Documentaries

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Thembi Mason

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99251952

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The documentary is a genre whose importance has received increased recognition in the past decade. For educators, this genre can be particularly powerful as a way of engaging with the mutual construction of culture and self. This course covers both the historical and contemporary use of the form. It explores practical and theoretical aspects of the form and substance of the documentary. It allows you to investigate an issue which you feel strongly about. It examines documentary as an art form which can act as a vehicle for learning about the inherent symbols, genre, and language which each person regards as being uniquely their own, as well as deconstructing mainstream images and mores which may marginalise other identities/issues and in so doing alert the culture to its ‘blindnesses’. This course will encourage you to engage with their multi-faceted cultural heritage and your many selves as teachers through exploring art based forms and through the creation of your own documentaries. Through this exercise you will develop the practical and theoretical skills to work with your students in this genre.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this subject you will be able to demonstrate:

• an ability to understand the discourse of various multimedia forms
• an ability to apply the discourse of various multi/media forms in a documentary production
• an understanding of a range of genre types (narrative in particular)
• the development of skills in digital media
• the ability to create a work of art
• knowledge and application of digital multimedia literacies
• investigative skills in observation, data collection, synthesis, analysis, and reporting

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be multi-modal and multi-dimensional in its delivery.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will include video equipment, library resources and various films.

Overview of Assessment

There will be three pieces of assessment which build on one another.