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This course will expose students to documentary formats for journalistic and promotional communication purposes. The course will explore the rich history of journalistic and promotional (including propagandistic) documentaries, in the U.S. and worldwide. Students will learn how documenting the past and the present throughout audio-visual means plays an important role in public discourse and persuasion. The course will present both theoretical and practical approaches to the origins, the execution, the intended impacts, and the social effects of documentaries.