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Debates on Documentary Strategies


Admission requirements

No restrictions, The course is mainly for the february cohort of master students Film and Photographic Studies


In this course the topic will be documentary photography . We will discuss topical debates and some seminal theoretical texts about documentary photography. Next to the reading of influential texts on the documentary strategies of photography, there will be a ‘hands on’ research of Documentary Photographs of the Special Collections Department of the University Library.

Course objectives

Students will have an indepth knowledge of the debates and the status questiones of Documentarty Photography. They have gained an insight of analysing modes of documentary photography and how to write a research proposal based on a research question. The students possess the following academic and professional skills: the independent academic study and interpretation of artefacts with the aid of relevant sources and specialist literature specific to the medium photography; a training in presenting research results clearly, orally or in writing, with accompanying argumentation.They will develop skills for presenting a selection of photographs with the use of knowledge and insight .


Timetable on the website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC, is 140 hours

  • 8 Lectures of 3 hours = 24 Hours

  • Practical work 1 hour per lecture= 8 hours

  • Literature 3 hours per lecture= 24 hours

  • Other contact hours (excursions)= 4 hours

  • Assesment: Paper 60 hours

  • Exhibition proposal: 20 hours

Assessment method

The course will be assessed in the following way:

  • A paper 80%

  • Assignments during the course (summaries of texts, discussions) 20 %


Blackboard will be used for the reading schedule, announcements, assignments and submits of reading questions etc.

Reading list

List of readings will be submitted on BB in Janauary


Enrollment through uSis is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

not applicable

Contact details

Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof

Coordinator of studies: