Year 1 Courses Fall 2012 

Culture studies 1, 10 hp

The course is a general introduction to cultural studies and focuses more specifically on the application and analysis of visual digital culture. In the course, students are introduced to cultural studies methods that highlight different cultural-theoretical perspectives with basis in critical theory. Discussions around the cultural concepts strengthen the students' ability for critical reflection. Furthermore, concept and theories are introduced to understand the ideological content of images and how they represent “meaning.” The study of semiotics is central to the course as a way to support students’ development of argument and analysis. Students apply their theoretical knowledge through an analysis of visual culture within digital media. The course strongly emphasizes the role of gender, ethnicity and class in visual representation. Students apply their theoretical knowledge in practical exercises as they produce their own images that reflect the goals explored within the course.

Teachers: Lissa Holloway-Attaway, Malin Jogmark

The required books for the course are:
Berger, John: Ways of Seeing
Mirzoeff, Nicholas: The Visual Culture Reader
Sturken M; L Cartwright: Practices of Looking (latest edition)  

Language studies 1, 10 hp

In the course, the student will explore text genres and advance their own skills in reading and writing for specific purposes. The student will study and produce texts in a range of basic genres of writing, such as reports, summaries, academic essays, and argumentative essays. The student will also study multimodal composition as a process that includes analysis, invention, drafting, and revision across modes, media, and genres of texts.

Teachers: Maria Engberg, Malin Jogmark, Talan Memmott, Lissa Holloway-Attaway

The required books for the course are:
Bailey, Stephen. Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students,  3rd Edition (Routledge Study Guides), 2011.
Carroll, Brian. Writing for Digital Media. Routledge, 2010
Kress, Günther. Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication Routledge, 2009.
Shields, Munling. Essay Writing: A Student's Guide (SAGE Study Skills Series) Sage Publications Ltd; Student edition, 2010 

Introduction to media production, 10 hp

The course offers a survey of commonly used media production software and aims to introduce students to the basic principles of web development, digital graphic design, and interface development through hands-on technical workshops and seminars focusing on color theory, typography, web and interaction design. Seminars and lectures present students with historical and contemporary examples of visual art, graphic design, and creative and commercial digital artifacts. Students develop technical skills through the creation of digital works in guided, individual and group exercises. Students communicate their knowledge of design principles and technical application of design through class presentations and critiques of their work.

Teachers: Talan Memmott, Maria Engberg, Lissa Holloway-Attaway

The required books for the course are:
Burrough , Xtine and Michael Mandiberg: Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite

Please note that there is no bookshop in Karlskrona that have these books in stock. Please order online!

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