Module title: Contemporary Genres: Culture in the Digital Age

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11142
Module leader: Sarah Artt
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sarah Artt
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching methods on this module will be comprised of seminars, featuring periodic lectures and talks from external guests (LOs 1 and 2). Students will be expected to engage in a range of discussion opportunities and activities in these settings (LOs 3 and 5). Blogging and other online spaces will also be deployed to facilitate discussion and exchange throughout the module. (LO 4)

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take the form of contributions to the module blog and in-class discussions. Over the course of the module students will take turns crafting short blog posts (200 words) under subject headings related directly to the module aims and themes: “Texts and Textualities”, “Representing Technology”, “Digital Dissemination” and “Digital Consumption.” (LOs 3, 4 and 5) These posts will form some of the basis for discussion each week and will allow students to help shape the content and form of class discussions. Students will choose their precise subjects under these headings which will mean they have both autonomy and opportunities to express arguments about emergent texts and a sense of focus on the module themes.

Feedback will be provided in class and online on a continuous basis.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will consist of a portfolio of three pieces of critical and/or creative work within a list of clearly defined options (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). Portfolios will cumulatively be worth 100% of the module mark but each component will be marked individually and aggregated together. These options will include:

A 2,000 word critical essay on one of a list of set topics/questions;
A video essay responding to a range of set topics/questions;
Creative writing/film projects exploring ‘digital worlds’;
A ‘series’ of linked blog posts;
A piece of ‘twitterature’, or;
A creative/critical proposal for a fictional digital genre narrative.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 174
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module seeks to examine genre in the digital age in three ways or senses. Firstly, we will start by considering the ways that more conventional literary and cultural narratives have dramatized or represented the digital revolution or age of the internet. Secondly, we will look at narratives that have been disseminated digitally and which use digital technology like mobile apps or GPS systems. Finally we will look at genres across a range of forms, including game narratives, web series, digital music and its micro-genres, as well as collaborative fiction that uses the internet to tell / build stories collaboratively or interactively. By doing this we will both map out new genre categories but also look at the way the digital revolution might invite us to challenge the confines and hierarchies of genre.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically analyse how texts are represented in digital culture or how they represent digital cultures
LO2: Critically evaluate the term ‘genre’ in the context of new digital cultures and media
LO3: Critically explore the ways in which texts are disseminated and consumed
LO4: Critically appraise a range of genre works and their digital platforms
LO5: Critically reflect on the impact of the digital revolution on textual production

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