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Postgraduate Course: Theories of Intermediality 1 (CLLC11192)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide a detailed survey of the history and theory of "intermediality", i.e. the interrelationships between different art forms and their signification. It will explore this buoyant and rapidly emerging area of studies from its origins, via theories of medium specificity to modern and contemporary theoretical approaches, putting special emphasis on intermedial figurations such as word and image, music and painting. The course will offer students not only an in-depth engagement with the theory but also the methods and specific discourses of a range of intermedial configurations, thus equipping them with the critical tools and historical background for understanding, contextualising and analysing such phenomena.
Course description During the two opening weeks, the course will begin by questioning what we understand by the term "Intermediality", looking at ways of defining, problematizing and theorizing the field and its object of study. Each seminar will then concentrate on the interactions between specific media and art forms such as painting, photography, film, music and literature, across different periods and cultures, with an emphasis on the modern and contemporary period. The discussion will often be based on one or two reasonably short theoretical texts on the topic in question, followed by an analysis of specific intermedial combinations in the light of the issues discussed. All materials taught on this course will be available in English.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework: One essay of 3,000 words OR a 20 minute podcast. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their essay/podcast plans with their tutors.

Guidelines for the podcast:
Your 20-minute podcast should address the selected essay topic by referring to specific intermedial examples and relevant secondary sources and a bibliography. You must also submit a 50-100 word summary of the podcast.
You are free to choose the format of your podcast (e.g. audio and/or video recording). For example, you may decide to do a classic oral presentation, use the radio show format, etc. You might wish to devise your own format, but please familiarise yourselves with the marking criteria and learning outcomes before you work on the pre-production phase ¿ if you devise a highly creative format, make sure that you take the criteria for assessing into account and please liaise with the Course Organiser.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 1. Reflect critically on a variety of concepts of Intermediality and their development over time and to develop an independent view of the subject.
  2. 2. Assess a range of specific intermedial phenomena and their usefulness for the student's own research interests.
  3. 3. Read a variety of theoretical texts critically and to evaluate their argument.
  4. 4. Work autonomously both as part of a group and on their own.
Reading List
Can be found on Learn.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - creative problem solving and research
- critical and reflective thought
- effective and influential communication
- curiosity for learning that makes a positive difference
Course organiserDr Fabien Arribert-Narce
Tel: (0131 6)50 8414
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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