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Postgraduate Course: The World of Story: Narrative, Creativity and the Arts (fusion online) (EFIE11083)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryWhat kinds of new worlds do stories create? how do they create them? What is the future of stories in our rapidly changing world? In 'The World of Story' course, students will learn about the principles of narrative construction and interpretation in a variety of media and apply those critical and practical principles to the creation of their own narrative artefact. They will come away with an enhanced insight into the prospects of storytelling as a creative activity in the twenty-first century.
Course description The first-semester 'The World of Story' core course will ask students to think about the future of the narrative arts. What do traditional and digital kinds of narrative have to say to each other? What does the future hold for textual, visual, performative and interactive modes of storytelling? How can one envision storytelling as a local, situated practice in a globalised and virtualised world? And what should human producers and consumers of stories make of the brave new world of AI-generated narrative?

Intensive units will be team-taught by an interdisciplinary group of instructors and will include seminars, guest speakers, and interactive collaborative activities.Students will get the opportunity to bond as a cohort, but also to work in smaller groups and individually.

Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) - Online Fusion Course Delivery Information:

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will teach this course in a way that enables online and on-campus students to study together. This approach (our 'fusion' teaching model) offers students flexible and inclusive ways to study, and the ability to choose whether to be on-campus or online at the level of the individual course. It also opens up ways for diverse groups of students to study together regardless of geographical location. To enable this, the course will use technologies to record and live-stream student and staff participation during their teaching and learning activities. Students should note that their interactions may be recorded and live-streamed. There will, however, be options to control whether or not your video and audio are enabled.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 1.5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9.5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Online Activities 1, Other Study Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study: Scheduled Group-work Hours (hybrid online/on-campus) - 8
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:

The course will be assessed by means of the following assessment components:

2000 Word Individual Essay (100%)

Formative Assessment:

Each course within Edinburgh Futures Institute includes the opportunity for you to participate in a formative feedback exercise or event which will help you prepare for your summative assessment. The formative assessment does not contribute to your overall course mark.

Creative/Practical Group Task

Working in small groups, create a story reflecting on the future of a chosen narrative form and present it to the class.

You will make the story collaboratively using any combination of the artforms covered in the course.

There is no stipulated length and experimentation (using the skill-sets existing in the group) is encouraged.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Summative Assessment Feedback:

Course Organiser will provide mark and individual written feedback on the essay.

Formative Assessment Feedback:

- Course Organiser will provide oral feedback immediately following the presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competence in core skills including independent research, planning and writing, group collaboration and oral presentation.
  2. Show knowledge of the theory and practice of story creation in different narrative media, such as textual (including machine-generated using text datasets), visual, performative, interactive (games).
  3. Apply existing and acquired skills to produce a narrative art-object in a selected medium.
  4. Critically analyse and put into dialogue secondary academic texts from different disciplines dealing with the topic of narrative and the arts.
Reading List
The list of required class readings will be provided by the team-teaching instructors and may change year-to-year in accordance with staffing. All mandatory readings will be made available digitally.

Students will have access to a General Bibliography, incorporating both theoretical and skills/methods sources, covering a range of fields.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course develops graduate skills in research, enquiry and communication (SCQF 1 and 4), in creative practice (SCQF 2), and the attributes of intellectual autonomy and personal effectiveness in collaborative working (SCQF 3 and 5).
Course organiserDr Lynda Clark
Course secretaryMiss Abby Gleave
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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