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Core Courses

All core classes are taught in a cohort model, instead of a competitive, individualistic model. SocDoc emphasizes the group as a unit of cohesion and mutual assistance. Students carry out individual projects, but they are shaped and vetted all together.

The Social Documentation program has a required core curriculum around which students are expected to design their own course of study.

First Year:

SOCD 200: Approaches to Social Documentary (fall)
SOCD 201A: Introduction to Documentary Field Production and Editing (fall)

SOCD 202: Practice of Social Documentary (winter)
SOCD 203: Social Science Research and Representation (winter)

SOCD 201B: Advanced Documentary Field Production & Editing" (spring)
SOCD 201C: Project Planning for the Social Documentary (spring)


Second Year:

SOCD 204: Ways of Seeing and Hearing (fall)
SOCD 294A: Production, Analysis, Editing (fall)

SOCD 293: Studies & Practice for SocDoc, Filmmaking & New Media (winter)
SOCD 294B: Production, Analysis, Editing (winter)

SOCD 294C: Production, Analysis, Editin" (spring)
SOCD 295: Project completion


Quarterly course schedules are subject to change.  Enrollment in SOCD 202 and SOCD 293 is open to both first- and second-year students.  Enrollment is required in each academic year, and students may elect to enroll in both, as available.  In addition to these mandatory courses, an additional 12 credits must be secured through electives as identified on an individual basis, offered by other departments, or through independent study classes with or approved by faculty advisers.  FILM 202: Pedagogy in Film and Digital Media, the two-credit course offered in fall to train future teaching assistant, may count among these twelve elective credits.

Students will work with their advisors in designing an individualized course of study that supplement the core curriculum with classes that support the student’s specific project. Specific media production classes will also be included in the course of study.

For more information and detailed descriptions of Social Documentation Core Courses, please refer to the UCSC General Catalog Social Documentation Section.

For a listing of courses offered during the current quarter, please refer to the UCSC Schedule of Classes.