How do various forms of nonfiction media represent or challenge the notions of democratic ideals as we currently understand them? From filmed explanations of civic process, to behind-the-scenes footage of presidential campaigns, to election advertising itself – what does the idea of democracy look like on film?
This 7-week course will consist of screenings and discussion of documentary films and television media that reveal the many facets of the democratic process. We will explore the portrayal of candidates, election campaigns, protest movements, whistleblowers, and more. Students will be expected to attend screening, read supporting material, write response papers, and prepare at least one research project.