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The rapid growth of digital media has transformed not only our society, but also the ways we approach art and entertainment. What does the digital turn mean for creating, using and interpreting cultural artefacts? How can we analyse meaning-making and forms of communication in digital media, and how do they differ from the ones in more traditional media, such as literature or film?

The course is designed to provide students with a grasp of tools and methods to study storytelling and narratives in digital media and to enable students to apply them to analyse both the processes of creating and using digital media. We will be working on theoretical texts and a number of digital works (e.g., digital games, social media, transmedia platforms), focusing both on how these various works can be approached as cultural artefacts, and on what makes digital media different from the so-called print or legacy media.

Upon completing this course you will
• have a good grasp of the characteristics and affordances of digital media, especially in comparison with the so-called print or legacy media
• be able to apply relevant theories to the analysis of storytelling in various forms of digital media (e.g., games, social media, transmedia)
• be able to write reflectively on your own interpretations of the works and applications of the methodology.

The course will meet once a week during periods 1 and 2. All classes will take place on Tuesdays 14–16 in Metsätalo, A113 (Unioninkatu 40).

The first part of the course focuses on the properties of digital media, while the second part covers more practical examples of the storytelling in digital media. We will discuss and analyse both theoretical texts and case studies in reading groups throughout the course, and the course concludes with a two-hour game jam session.

13.8.2019 at 09:00 - 29.8.2019 at 12:00


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 3.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 10.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 17.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 24.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 1.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 8.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 15.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 29.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 5.11.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 12.11.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 19.11.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 26.11.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 3.12.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 10.12.2019
14:15 - 15:45


Course material includes contemporary works of digital media, as well as number of research articles on digital media and narrative studies.

Copies of or links to the research articles and works to be analysed more closely will be provided through Moodle.

Conduct of the course

Attendance is compulsory. Students may not miss more than two sessions during the autumn term.

Course requirements include entries in your course journal and active participation in groupwork.

Final grade is based on your course journal, which is an edited collection of all of your entries over the course. Handing homework in late may adversely affect your grade.





Course learning outcomes:

  • have an in-depth understanding of a particular topic or issue related to the study of literature and the society
  • be able to engage critically with previous research and develop your own thinking concerning literature and society
  • be able to communicate your knowledge to audiences within the field of literary studies

First or second year of the master’s programme. The course will not be offered every year.

Mainly readings of literature in English and selected secondary material. Issues discussed may include ethnicity, ideology, ecology, identity, ethics, disability, gender, sexual orientation and/or other social aspects in literature.

Specified in the teaching programme and/or in the first teaching session.

Specified in the teaching programme and/or during the first teaching session.

Students will be assessed according to how well they achieve the learning outcomes. The criteria will be specified in the teaching programme and/or at the first teaching session.

Grading scale: 0-5.

Completion methods vary from year to year and are announced in each year’s teaching programme.