Documentary, Reality TV and 'Real Lives' (P4041)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

During this documentary module you'll analyse documentary production in its historical and cultural context and focuses on new developments in documentary production, reality TV formats, feature documentary and alternative documentary production. In addition we'll address emerging documentary production in the developing world.

The module covers foundational thinking in documentary; theorisations of different modes of documentary; reality TV; debates over documentary's truth claims; the boundary between documentary and fiction; dramatisation and reconstructions; and international independent documentary production.


60%: Lecture (Film)
40%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 55 hours of contact time and 245 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.