Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code BCM 217
Subject Name Documentary
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BCM115 or 36CP at any level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence CAOS205
Assessment 1. Project; Interview 30% 2. Presentation; Proposal 30% 3. Project; Group Short Documentary 40%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Course
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (29-07-2019 to 21-11-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 3hr seminar
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Aaron Burton
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Aaron Burton
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2019

Subject Description
Documentary is one of the most exciting growth areas in contemporary cinema. This subject introduces key traditions and innovative forms of documentary film making from across the world. We focus on documentaries that address social justice issues and explore different ways of making an important issue compelling to audiences. The subject expands on production skills including how to pitch a project, how to write documentary treatments, and working with human subjects on camera


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will have:
1. Knowledge of different traditions and styles of socially engaged documentary practice
2. Skills in working with human subjects, including ethical considerations
3. Increased fluency in video production
4. Knowledge of how to communicate a creative project idea to secure funding or other support


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