autumn 2024
SVF-3110 Conveying social realities: Exploring audio-visual narrative strategies - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is compulsory for students admitted to the Master's programme in Visual Anthropology. It may not be taken as a singular course.

Course content

The course will start with a camera based "mini-fieldwork" in teams conducted in Tromsø. The fieldwork lasts for two weeks. You are expected to spend normal working hours doing fieldwork during this period. Screenings of rushes will be organized, where students will view each other's work and have open discussions during which the responsible supervisors will participate.  The main focus will be on analysing the content, ethical, anthropological and technical aspects. Based on your recorded video material, you will start preparing for the editing of a video story of 7-10 minutes’ duration.

The course consists of three parts:

1) "Narrative and montage" provides examples of paradigms or recurrences in the practice of storytelling. The basis of film form, montage and the processes of editing will be thoroughly analyzed. Examples that illustrate the history of montage in cinema will be viewed and basic editing language acquired through exercises tackling aspects of rhythm and pace, rupture and continuity.

2) Instructions in techniques of editing will provide an introduction to the use of Adobe Premier.

3) The editing of the video material provides the opportunity to apply what has been learnt to the making of a filmic narrative. The editing will be done under the supervision of the responsible teacher.

Objectives of the course

Students who successfully complete this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge - the candidate:

  • knows the classic paradigms of visual storytelling.
  • knows examples of filmic languages and narrative structures.
  • has general knowledge of the technique of editing; capturing, creating bins, bin naming protocol, working on time line, color correction, sound mix, titles & subtitles.

Skills - the candidate:

  • is able to capture the conceptualizations of the field partners with the video camera.
  • is able to carry out under supervision a small research project which includes the use of a video camera.
  • is able to prepare adequately under supervision for the editing process, manage a systematic workflow in editing, and apply their own creativity in order to enhance their storytelling using video.

General competence - the candidate:

  • is able to distinguish and express how filmic narratives are linked to specific cultural contexts.
  • is sensitive to the narrative conceptualizations of the partners in the field, and at the same time develop narrative strategies with a future audience in mind.
  • Is under supervision, able to apply both visual and sounds creatively to enhance their story narratives.

Language of instruction and examination

All lectures, readings, assignments, seminar discussions and the final exam are conducted in English.

Teaching methods

The course consists of approximately 8 hours of lectures (4 lectures), 18 hours of instructions, and supervision.



Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Assignment 13.12.2024 14:00 (Hand in) A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

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7-10 minutes video story.

Re-sit examination

Students who do not pass the previous ordinary examination can gain access to a re-sit examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: SVF-3110
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