Module Title:   Narrative in Culture

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0371D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Peter Lassey

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

This module will explore the theory and the study of narrative, its structure and the ways that we co-create narratives with others. It will examine the way in which narratives determine our understanding of the world in which we live and the way that narrative is embedded as a structuring element within our culture. The module will explore the how meaning is created through the `narrativisation` of experience.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Screenings (other) and presentations by the tutor, group presentations and small and large group discussion will inform individual student research and will close analysis of a range of narratives and visual texts. The assessment for the module will be through an essay on narrative theory and a personal learning narrative, a reflective synoptic assessment of the degree programme in the form of a narrative.

Lectures:   8.00          Directed Study:   178.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   10.00          Other:   4.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Critically analyse the concept of narrative and the way in which it is central to culture and the way we experience the world.
Analyse a wide variety of creative and cultural activity from a narrative perspective.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Critically evaluate selected film and media and other texts, `reading` them in terms of narrative structure.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Articulate opinions on organised evidence and to communicate arguments narratively.

  Coursework   50%
  Essay 2000 words
  Coursework   50%
  Reflective learning narrative 2000 words

Outline Syllabus:
The concepts of narrative, myth, temporality and biography.
Narrative Knowing.
Construction, Representation and Interpretation.
Discourse analysis.
Narrative in all forms of human creativity and art, including speech, writing, songs, film, sport, social media, journalism, television, video games, photography, theatre, and visual arts such as painting.

Key Texts
ABBOTT, H. P. 2008. The Cambridge introduction to narrative, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
BORDWELL, D. 1989. Making meaning : inference and rhetoric in the interpretation of cinema, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.
COBLEY, P. 2014. Narrative second edition, London, Routledge.
CURRIE, G. 2010. Narratives and narrators : a philosophy of stories, Oxford, Oxford University Press.HERMAN D 2009 Basic elements of narrative Chichester:Wiley-Blackwell
LAPSLEY, R. & WESTLAKE, M. 2006. Film theory : an introduction, Manchester, Manchester University Press.
POLKINGHORNE, D. E. 1988. Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences, State University of New York.

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