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Module

MCH2075 : Representations: Storytelling, Mind and Culture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Darren Kelsey
  • Lecturer: Mr Philip Deans, Ms Alessandra Mondin, Dr Majid Khosravinik
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module forms part of the BA (Hons) Media, Communication and Cultural Studies degree. The module examines representations from social, personal and psychological perspectives. It introduces a range of concepts and analytical frameworks that help students to understand representations through the psycho-discursive conventions of storytelling in a range of genres, texts and contexts. In doing so, it enables students to develop a critical understanding of the links between storytelling, mind and culture in forms of media practice, personal experiences and other social spaces. . This module provides theoretical and practical toolkits that students will continue to use within and beyond their studies. The course will enable students to critically reflect on their own media practice as well as the work produced by other practitioners.

Outline Of Syllabus

Understanding representations and perceptions in personal and collective storytelling
Political storytelling, personae and ideology
Collective psychology and global crises
Memory, culture and mythology
Narrative analysis and archetypal theory
Heroes, tricksters, shadows and other archetypal stories
Discourse, representation and ideology
Psychoanalysis for storytelling and representation
Representations in moral storytelling

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Non-synchronous line summary. Video (15-30 mins, equating to 1 hr delivery time)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Formative assessment tasks & activities: essay plan/literature reviews and reflective review tasks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion161:0061:00Summative essay
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Non-synchronous online lecture materials that support students to engage with content
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading96:0054:00Further reading and research provided for each weekly theme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in Person seminar-type sessions related to weekly themes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Synchronous online webinars attached to specific theme. Seminar type activities & reading/research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Synchronous online Q&A session on assessment.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture replacement material will introduce literature and concepts on representations and storytelling in personal, professional and political contexts. Case studies will be delivered research-informed teaching to enhance student knowledge of literature and conceptual frameworks around the psychological, social and political constructions of representations through storytelling.

Research-informed teaching will adopt Kelsey’s discourse-mythological approach and its application in order to provide students with the necessary toolkits for analysing mythological storytelling, archetypes and ideology. This approach will offer skillsets and toolkits that students can adopt and apply through their independent study and assessments.

By adopting approaches from learning materials, guided independent study and course readings, students will demonstrate their ability to critically analyse storytelling techniques in media texts. The teaching methods that inform these activities will encourage students to adopt multi-modal analytical toolkits for analysing psycho-discursive constructions of stories. These skills will enable students to identify archetypal conventions of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will develop the reflective skills necessary for understanding the roles of representation and storytelling in social and historical contexts through a critical understanding of ideology, psychology and culture

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A1003000 word essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M500-750 word essay plan or literature review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will have the opportunity to submit an essay plan or literature review (500-750 words) that can be the foundation for their summative assignment. Further formative feedback will be provided at specific points in the semester and associated with specific learning activities The summative assessment involves the writing of a 3000-word essay providing an analytical case study that applies conceptual toolkits from the modue. Critical thinking, academic research, writing and referencing skills will be assessed in particular. Students can use the formative assessments to gain feedback on design, approach, focus and content of work in preparation for the summative assessment. This will also be supported with formative learning activities embedded in the module (for example where students can review examples of essays in relation to the assessment criteria and reflect critically upon their own approaches to the summative assessment).

Reading Lists

Timetable