Course Title: Archetypes and Imagery in Storytelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Archetypes and Imagery in Storytelling

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2465

City Campus

Undergraduate

345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email: penny.johnson@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course explores the symbolic and mythological underpinning of storytelling. Through investigation into cross-cultural myths, legends and folklore you will explore the concept of archetypes and imagery. You will examine the ways in which archetypes manifest themselves in the narrative, characters, symbols and images of contemporary texts and apply this to your own writing and editing.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • analyse the structure and dynamics of archetypes and their deep connection to storytelling
  • investigate cultural myths, legends and folklore in diverse modes
  • write creatively and critically in a range of contexts, demonstrating your knowledge of diverse archetypes and imagery
  • contribute to the development of others’ work through the provision of informed feedback and use feedback to improve your own writing.


Program Learning Outcomes

This is an option course, which will complement the Program Learning Outcomes you are developing in your program.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures, which provide the framework for exploring the prescribed visual and written texts
  • completion of class exercises designed to clarify course content and practise relevant skills
  • writing workshops to assist development of writing techniques with feedback from peers and teacher
  • independent study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.
     


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Professional Writing and Editing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/wcprp.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual/group projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Presentation (15%)

You will investigate an aspect of mythology and present your findings orally to the class.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • analyse the structure and dynamics of archetypes and their deep connection to storytelling
  • investigate cultural myths, legends and folklore in diverse modes.

Assessment Task 2: Essay (40%)

You will write an essay related to the investigation you completed for your presentation.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • investigate cultural myths, legends and folklore in diverse modes
  • write creatively and critically in a range of contexts, demonstrating your knowledge of diverse archetypes and imagery
  • contribute to the development of others’ work through the provision of informed feedback and use feedback to improve your own writing.

Assessment Task 3: Creative writing piece (45%)

You will write a creative work incorporating aspects of archetypes and imagery.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • write creatively and critically in a range of contexts, demonstrating your knowledge of diverse archetypes and imagery
  • contribute to the development of others’ work through the provision of informed feedback and use feedback to improve your own writing.