2023-2024 / CINE0004-1

Cinema and Video Documentaries


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in human and social sciences5 crédits 
 Bachelor in human and social sciences (New programme)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Master in performing arts (120 ECTS) (international master)5 crédits 


Jeremy Hamers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course will address documentary film history from the 1920's to the present and will introduce the students to the technical, aesthetical and political aspects of documentary filmmaking. How to film "reality"? What are the different types of documentary films? How to represent the "other"? To what extend does a documentary film refer to the social and political context of its time? What are the basic ingredients that foster the reading of a film in a "documentary perspective" (Odin)?

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The students will acquire basic knowledge on documentary film history and develop analytical skills (historical and sociocritical) in the field of documentary cinema.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will be based on the watching and the analysis of documentary films. The analysis will be developped in class in collaboration with the sudents. Each session will end with a q&a on the texts (see "required readings"). 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

One week before each session, a text (required reading) will be made available to students via eCampus. These texts are an integral part of the course material.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written exam on the course content, the films that have been screened in class and the texts available on eCampus.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course will be held on Thursdays (Q1) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Gothot Room (building A1).


Jeremy Hamers jhamers@uliege.be

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