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|Detailed description of content||
This course explores narratives and visuals in our multimodal expressions and multimedia communication products in theory and practice. It covers various understandings of how narratives and visuals “work” as part of everyday communication practices as well as the application of narrative and visual methodologies to research and organizational communication practices.
In the contemporary media landscape, we see many visuals and narratives presented to us in the form of photos, charts, comic books, illustrated books, infographics, data visualizations. Moving images such as games, TV series, films, YouTube videos are typically part of cross-media texts. Narratives are an important part of how we understand ourselves and others in the world. In our everyday communication practices, we are constantly using narratives in multimodal ways; telling stories, using images, sound, gestures, etcetera, in combination with written text. We tell and listen to stories as a foundation for building communication. However, the importance of clear visual and narrative presentations of, for example, research communication or business strategies, are often taken for granted, overlooked or even ignored. Thereby, we risk applying stories and imagery in communication practices and in our studies without a clear purpose. There are also many ethical issues to be aware of regarding the use of visuals and narratives that students and professionals need to know and respect.
Consider, for instance, the visual richness of social media sites such as Instagram or Tiktok, or the way power point slides, or a website or video, present stories. We live in an increasingly visual and digital culture, where the means of production and exchange of personal stories and visuals are altering rapidly. Narratives and visuals are powerful tools in professional communication practice – they can engage others, evoke feelings, convince and manipulate an audience.
The course has an interdisciplinary perspective on theories concerning narrative and visuals. It integrates the humanities and the social sciences with an aim to understand narrative and imagery in human history. Communication and media studies are in focus during the course, with attention to social semiotics and cultural studies. Other disciplinary perspectives are included. The primary methodological approach to narratives and visuals is based on social semiotics with the conceptualization and analysis of multimodal texts, with focus on exemplary case materials stemming from completed research studies and business-oriented uses.
Based on the course readings and practical exercises with exemplary cases, students gain knowledge about how visual and narrative methods “work”. During the course, we mainly use empirical materials that are available online for practical exercises, so that students gain experience with how to apply visual and narrative methods for various purposes. Doing the hands-on, practical exercises with visual and narrative methods is an integral part of class sessions and leads to preparing case examples for the final written essay.
|Expected work effort (ects-declaration)||
25 hrs: sessions, including lecture and practical exercises
62 hrs: 2,5 hr prep for every session
40 hrs: Exam paper
8 hrs: other activities
135 hrs total
|Course material and reading list||
Course book: Rose, G. (2016). Visual methodologies: an introduction to researching with visual materials (4th ed.). London: Sage. Companion website: https://study.sagepub.com/rose4e
There will also be a series of research articles and book chapters available on Moodle by course start.
|Evaluation- and feedback forms||
The final assignment for the exam is a written individual essay. Visuals, cover page, references and an appendix with two examples from the course´s exercises are expected to be included.
There are feedback sessions in relation to the exercises during the course.
The student(s) will receive teacher and peer feedback in class discussions, exercises and group work. In addition, the student(s) receives feedback from the teacher in connection with the exam. This feedback will focus on weaknesses and strengths of the student work.
Every 3rd year, a formal evaluation takes place. The evaluation takes the form of a digital questionnaire that is sent to the head of studies as well as the study board.
The teacher may carry out their own informal evaluation (during or after the course). Informal evaluations stay with the teacher unless they find it relevant to share it with the head of studies.
|Administration of exams||
IKH Studyadministration (email@example.com)
|The responsible course lecturer|
|Learning outcomes and assessment criteria||
Competences in independently being able to take responsibility for one’s own professional development and specialisation within the subject area.
The course includes presentations and critical discussions as well as testing of knowledge about a defined subject area within the field of communications, including the presentation and discussion of concepts, theories and investigative methods.
|Prerequisites for participation||
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|Teaching and working methods||
The course consists of a mix of lectures and discussions, and it can include group work and peer feedback. It is structured around a number of themes that will be presented at the start of the course.
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|Form of examination||
Individual written take-home assignment given by the lecturer.
The character limit of the assignment is: 9,600-14,400 characters, including spaces.
The character limit includes the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
The duration of the take-home assignment is 5 days and may include weekends and public holidays.
The assignment must document that the student possesses a confident mastery of written English, including grammar and linguistic correctness.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
|Form of Re-examination||
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