Module UXS-3048:
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

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.

Course content

Students will examine texts in various creative writing genres (including prose, playwriting, creative nonfiction, feature articles, graphic novels, digital fiction, and more), in order to increase their understanding of creative writing for different media. They will analyse these texts for narrative structures, authority, reader response, and then apply those concepts to writing their own creative work in any of these genres. Their critical work will link into this creative piece, in that it examines the process of writing, and/or the narrative itself in terms of these critical theories.

Assessment Criteria

good

B-range

  • A sound understanding of design affordances specific to writing narratives, as shown through the portfolio.

  • Evidence of a developed awareness of scholarly discourse on narratives, authorship, and reader response.

  • A good degree of theoretical and self-critical awareness.

  • Creative work shows significant effort toward integrating form and narrative. Demonstrates an understanding of the effects of media upon story, and utilises its medium well, though it may lack originality, cohesion, or polish.

excellent

A-range

  • A shrewd understanding of design affordances specific to writing narratives, as shown through the portfolio.

  • Evidence of considerable awareness of scholarly discourse on narratives, authorship, and reader response.

  • A large degree of theoretical and self-critical awareness.

  • Creative work shows an excellent integration of form and narrative. Demonstrates an understanding of the effects of media upon story, and utilises its medium and communication modes in an original, cohesive, polished manner.

C- to C+

C-range

  • A basic understanding of design affordances specific to writing narratives, as shown through the portfolio.
  • Evidence of sufficient awareness of scholarly discourse on narratives, authorship, and reader response.
  • Sufficient theoretical and self-critical awareness.
  • Creative work shows sufficient effort toward integrating form and narrative. Demonstrates some understanding of the effects of media upon story, and utilises its medium sufficiently, but lacks originality, cohesion, or polish.

threshold

D-range

  • Some understanding of design affordances specific to writing narratives, as shown through the portfolio.
  • Evidence of some awareness of scholarly discourse on narratives, authorship, and reader response.
  • Some theoretical and self-critical awareness.
  • Creative work shows minimal effort toward integrating form and narrative. Demonstrates little understanding of the effects of media upon story, and attempts to utilise its medium, but lacks confident application in the creative work.

Learning outcomes

    1. A critical understanding of how cultural norms and assumptions influence the judgment and evaluation of narrative stories
    1. A critical understanding of the discourse on creative writing authorship and readership
    1. An in-depth understanding of issues (ie. textual, creative, cultural, technological) connected with storytelling
    1. A critical comprehension of the range, type and style of stories (eg. fiction, film and new media)
    1. A critical understanding of storytelling in its various forms, and create original creative writing work relating to it

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Critical Essay

A series of tasks completed during the semester, which build to a final argumentative essay of 2000 words presenting an argument based in the practice of creating the Creative Portfolio, in addition to research based in critical readings.

45
GROUP PRESENTATION Group Discussion & Activities

Each group will lead a 50-minute study group session in a chosen topic that concurs with topics covered on the module.

10
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Creative Portfolio

A series of tasks culminating in a final piece of creative writing (2000 words) that relates and/or responds to the topics discussed on this module.

45

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Study group

Study group sessions for set discussions and activities.

11
Private study 167
Lecture 11
Seminar

Small group discussions, workshops, and exercises.

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.
  • 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).

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Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

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