Module UXS-2048:
Transmedia Storytelling

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Lyle Skains

Overall aims and purpose

  1. to develop an understanding of storytelling in its various forms, and create original work relating to it;
  2. to develop an awareness of issues (ie. textual, creative, cultural, technological) connected with storytelling;
  3. to investigate the range, type and style of stories (eg. fiction, film and new media);
  4. to outline an understanding of how cultural norms and assumptions influence the telling of stories;
  5. to consider authorship and readership.

Course content

In this module you will investigate storytelling in its various forms, writing through an awareness of critical theory, and creating original work relating to your investigations. You'll develop an awareness of issues (critical and creative) connected with storytelling, and consider the range, type and style of stories (genres, media, perspectives). You will discover how cultural norms and assumptions influence the telling of stories, exploring and applying relevant critical theory from the perspective of a writer, and reveal through your original work the nature of authorship and readership.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40% - 50% Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows: . Generally accurate but with omissions and errors. . Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning. . Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions. . Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.

C- to C+

Good: 50% - 60% Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: . Good structure and logically developed arguments. . At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. . Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning. . Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.

good

Very Good: 60% - 70%.
Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: . Very good structure and logically developed arguments. . Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. . Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning. . Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.

excellent

70% + Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways: . Has originality of exposition with the student's own thinking being readily apparent. . Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study. . Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.

Learning outcomes

  1. discuss notions of creative writing authorship and readership

  2. outline an understanding of how cultural norms and assumptions influence the telling of stories;

  3. define the range, type and style of stories (eg. fiction, film and new media);

  4. show an awareness of issues (ie. textual, creative, cultural, technological) connected with storytelling;

  5. understanding of storytelling in its various forms, and create original creative writing work relating to it;

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Creative Portfolio 45
Critical Essay 45
Group Discussion & Activities 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

Small group discussions, workshops, and exercises.

11
Private study 167
Lecture 11
Study group

Study group time, with set discussion questions and activities.

11

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • An understanding of creative and critical processes, and of the wide range of skills inherent in creative writing. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • Knowledge of a wide range of canonical English texts, providing a confident understanding of literary traditions as well as the confidence to experiment and challenge conventions when writing creatively. (English Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • An awareness of writing and publishing contexts, opportunities and audiences in the wider world (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • Artistic engagement and ability to articulate complex ideas in oral and written forms. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to connect creative and critical ideas between and among forms, techniques and types of creative and critical praxis. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning (English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Reflective practitioner skills, including awareness of the practice of others in collaborative learning (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • The ability to synthesize information from various sources, choosing and applying appropriate concepts and methods (English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to formulate and solve problems, anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to engage in processes of drafting and redrafting texts to achieve clarity of expression and an appropriate style. (English Benchmark Statement 3.3; NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to gather information, analyse, interpret and discuss different viewpoints (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Information technology (IT) skills broadly understood and the ability to access, work with and evaluate electronic resources (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).

Resources

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: