Documentary Tradition & Human Rights

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Doc. Tradition & Human Rights

Fall 2019

Taught By: Peter Lucas

Section: A

CRN: 2190

Credits: 3

The media landscape has now become a dynamic sub-field of the larger human rights movement involving researchers, educators, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, writers, visual artists and designers. This course will cover the generative themes of human rights and media with a special emphasis on the growing dilemma of fake news affecting evidence based human rights research and reporting. Here we will study the history of documentary practice and the various strategies we use when documenting. At stake is the careful study of the ethics and politics of representation. The course will include examples of long-form investigative essays and highlight the reflexive position of documentary makers. For students interested in working with NGOs, we will examine the components of advocacy media campaigns. How we package media for human rights education and social change is a theme woven throughout the course. We will also cover examples of web-docs and new trans-media platforms especially those that cross over into participatory media projects where people once considered objects of reportage are becoming subjects who are now creating, manipulating, and challenging dominant paradigms of media representation. While not a production course per se, students usually create a media piece for their final. The course is also a comprehensive set-up for the IFP: Human Rights and Media in Brazil for the summer of 2019.

NOTE: This course was formerly titled "Human Rights and Media."

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:47am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: 68 5th Ave

Room: 104

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019