DV Lab: Documenting Science Through Video and New Media

Two students working with a tripod-mounted video camera.

DV Lab students set up a shot in the MIT Stata Center, during their Lab 1 Introduction to the Camera exercise. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

21A.550J / STS.064J

As Taught In

Fall 2012



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Course Description

This course is an introductory exploration of documentary film theory and production, focusing on documentaries about science, engineering, and related fields. Students engage in digital video production as well as social and media analysis of science documentaries. Readings are drawn from social studies of science as well as from documentary film theory. The courses uses documentary video making as a tool to explore the worlds of science and engineering, as well as a tool for thinking analytically about media itself and the social worlds in which science is embedded. The course includes a hands-on lab component devoted to digital video production, in addition to classroom lectures and in-class film screenings.

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Christine Walley, and Chris Boebel. 21A.550J DV Lab: Documenting Science Through Video and New Media. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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