When Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies Andrea McDonnell launched the "Ethics in Documentary Film" course in Fall 2018, her goal was to combine a critical approach to viewing and interpreting documentary film through this lens with an experiential learning process.
In the process, students are exposed to ideas and questions that may not have previously been a part of their worldview, McDonnell said. They also develop team building strategies, gain a working knowledge of film and editing equipment and software, and learn about an element of their community.
"My goal in teaching the course is to prompt students to consider ethical questions in both abstract and practical ways," McDonnell said. "I believe that useful theory should inform our practice and vice versa. This class allowed students to test ideas through hands-on engagement."