English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Media Production: Visual Narratives, 15 credits

(Medieproduktion: visuellt berättande, 15 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1122MV
Subject area Media and Communication Studies
Main field of study Media and Communication Studies
Progressive specialisation G1N (First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements)
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Disciplary domain Humanities 20%
Technology 80%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level A
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2018


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Culture and Education  at Södertörn University on 2018-04-24 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level), Social Sciences A (basic level) (Specific entry requirements 6). Or General entry requirements and basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1 and 1a2) (Specific entry requirements A6).

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student is able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • explain the relationship between theory, technology and narration in media production,
  • understand and analyse the social role of visual narratives, their genres and historical context.

Skills and abilities

  • examine, reflect on and discuss the importance of fictional and documentary narratives in media production,
  • work independently with video cameras and software for visual narration,
  • execute and present an independent visual media production,
  • explore and transform knowledge, grounded in theoretical perspectives on culture and media, into stories in analogue and digital form.

Judgment and approach

  • use criticism constructively in own and others' narratives,
  • demonstrate a critical approach to theories, methods and tools,
  • identify and problematise the relationship between the observer and the observed,
  • evaluate his/her role as a media producer from an ethical and democratic perspective.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course combines training in the use of digital production tools with training in storytelling. This is further explored in analytical discussions about the student's own and other's production. The course also introduces the student to theories of narrative in the field of media studies.

The emphasis is on exploring the role of visual narratives in contemporary media production, not least the ability to take on the role of media producer. This course also provides an understanding of computer-based media's role as a technological and cultural expression.

Production, Tools and Genres, 5 credits

(Produktion, verktyg och genrer, 5 högskolepoäng)

This module covers the tools and conditions for the production of media content using still and moving images. Students produce different media material which is discussed and analysed in relation to narrative genres.

1001, Production, Tools and Genres, 5 credits

(Produktion, verktyg och genrer, 5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Narratives for Media Contexts, 5 credits

(Berättande i mediekontexter, 5 högskolepoäng)

This module deals with the impact of narrative media content in different contexts. Theories of narration are presented, analysed and discussed.

1002, Narratives for Media Contexts, 5 credits

(Berättande i mediekontexter, 5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Visual media project, 5 credits

(Projektarbete i visuell medieproduktion, 5 högskolepoäng)

In this module, the students work as a media production team to produce visual media content for a given purpose and topic. The project offers an opportunity for students to develop and show a deeper understanding of narrative communication.

1003, Visual media project, 5 credits

(Projektarbete i visuell medieproduktion, 5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and project work, both individually and in groups. Theoretical and practical elements are integrated in order to develop the ability to reflect and analyse the relationships between them.

Students will produce a range of individual images and movies, discuss and analyse these and, at the end of the course, use these experiences to conduct a major project in teams.

Examination format

Students are examined at a number of mandatory critique classes, as well as through written essays. Critique classes include the presentation of media materials and production processes, and reviews of others' work. The final group project is presented and reviewed at a full-day screening during which the project, presentation and review is evaluated and examined.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1096MV, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1774-2.1.1-2018).