Documentary Forms and Factual Television

Ref: C3744192

The course as a whole has an underpinning concern with media's place within democracy, and the aim is to help develop critical skills in media analysis to better understand the current media environment. The course will focus primarily on documentary form as it can offer an in-depth and informative resource which is a perfect platform to create dialogue. It is an important genre which offers us the opportunity to be informed about our world, to put ourselves in the shoes of others, and invites our engagement with key issues. Over the five week course we will explore different documentary styles, from classic observational documentary to drama documentaries. The course will also consider other areas of factual television such as the key debates surrounding Television News, and the emergence of Fake News. Come along and enjoy the opportunity to develop your critical skills in media analysis in an informative and friendly environment.

Additional information about this course

Venue Cost £110

Course aim

To help develop critical skills in media analysis to better understand the current media environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • appreciate different documentary forms from classic observational documentaries to drama documentaries
  • recognise the debates surrounding Television News and the emergence of 'Fake News'
  • appreciate the concept of the public sphere
  • appraise factual television's place within public discourse
  • apply critical skills in media analysis to factual television output

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You may wish to bring a pen and paper for note taking

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Documentary Forms and Factual Television

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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