Storytelling - Narration Across Media


Storytelling is a way of understanding and relating to the world around us. It is a crucial means of communication and most of us do it all the time. In this course you will analyse the stories that surround us in order to get a deeper understanding of how they work and in order to produce better stories yourself.
In this course we study a wide range of stories in different media to get a grasp of how narratives are structured. The course introduces narrative theory both generally and in relation to specific media. We also study how specific media, such as literature, film, audio, graphic novels, digital media, inform how stories are constructed and how stories travel between media. You will also produce your own stories, using tools provided by the course. You will be working with creative writing and storyboarding, basic film and audio production and digital media. This is a way to deepen knowledge about stories and storytelling and to acquire practical skills in storytelling in different media.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students autumn 2019

Course Code:
KK149A revision 3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
19 March 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
22 March 2017

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included in a general degree on undergraduate level.


The aim of this course is that students acquire knowledge about and understanding of different forms of narration, as well as basic skills in analyzing and producing stories, in different media.


In this course we study narrative theory generally, and then narrative theory tied to specific media, such as literature, film, graphic novels, audio and interactive media. We study how different media express narrative structures differently and how a specific medium informs how the narrative is constructed. We also study how different media play with and problematize narration. The course furthermore looks at how stories travel across different media and what happens to a story when it is adapted to a new medium. Students will also produce their own stories, using tools provided by the course. Studens will be invited to work with creative writing and storyboarding, basic film and audio production and digital media.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student

  • is able to account for narrative structures and features in stories told in different media, with the point of departure in narrative theory (1)
  • can analyze narration in different media (2)
  • can account for adaptation theory and how different narrations travel in different media (3)
  • displays basic practical skills in storytelling in various media (4).

Learning activities

The course’s pedagogy is based on active participation, and on combining theoretical study with practical exercises. The learning activities are lectures, seminars, workshops and independent work (individually and in groups).


The course is assessed through 4 assignments: two written analytical assignments á 7,5 hp testing learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3, and two production assignments testing learning outcome 4.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Aarseth, Espen. “Narrative Theory of Games,” 2012.

Bechdel, Allison. Fun home: a family tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

Boardwell, David. Narration in the Fiction Film. London: Methuen, 1985.

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Any edition.

Fernandez-Vara, Clara. “Game Spaces Speak Volumes.” 2011.

Frasca, Gonzalo. “Ludology Meets Narratology: Similitude and difference between (video)games and narrative” 1999.

Greonsteen, Thierry Comics and Narration. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2013.

Hero. Director Yimou Zhang. 2002.

Hutcheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. London; New York: Routledge, 2006.

Jenkins, Henry. ”Game Design as Narrative Architecture.” First person. New media as story, performance, and game. Ed. Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Pat Harrigan. 2003. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2003.

Rear Window. Director Alfred Hitchcock. 1954.

Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. Narrative Fiction: Contemporary Poetics. London: Routledge, 2002 (or later).

Ryan, Marie-Laure (ed.). Narrative Across Media: The Language of Storytelling. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press 2004.

Singleton, John and Mary Luckhurst. The Creative Writing Handbook. Basinstoke: Palgrave 1999.
Other texts may be included.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to 
the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


02 September 2019 - 19 January 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 40000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 40000 SEK