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HCCK03281U  COG Cognition and Audiovisual Communication Volume 2016/2017

Course information

Credit15 ECTS
LevelFull Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Duration1 semester
The schedule will be available from November 15, 2016
Study boardStudy Board of Media, Cognition and Communication
Contracting department
  • Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
Course responsible
  • Jens Borglind (5-706875786d466e7b7334717b346a71)
Dooley Murphy
Saved on the 15-11-2016

Master in Cognition and Communication


The module gives students a knowledge and understanding of how audiovisual communication can be seen as tailored to—and analysable in terms of—humans'ʹ innate perceptual–cognitive and emotional faculties. With reference to a range of key concepts in cognitive theory (including, but not limited to; attention, perception, affect, empathy, memory, and emotion), the course will teach students to analyse both the form and content of media across formats and genres. Key competencies are achieved by discussing how different configurations of cognitive and emotional disposition are elicited across media, and how these manifest different audience responses, thereby producing variable outcomes and fulfilling different functions and/or gratifications.

The course can be loosely divided into three parts. In the first batch of sessions, a theoretical framework drawing from the nascent discipline of cognitive media theory is constructed. Early sessions'ʹ adherence to a key work within cognitive film theory ensures structure and coherence, while also introducing foundational ideas about audiences and their responses as fundamentally affectual and emotional. By way of context, this part of the course also enables students to critically contrast and situate cognitive film theory in relation to more traditional forms of screen theory and media analysis.

The second part of the course, looking at exemplary texts that offer entry points into much larger discussions, introduces additional perspectives on different genres, the psychophysiology of emotions, and how these coalesce to produce audiences’ emotional gratifications.

Finally, the third part of the course offers collaborative exam workshops. Students will have the opportunity to produce synopses for their essays, and to present and discuss their ideas in detail with constructive feedback from the course lecturer and peers alike.

There will also be a guest lecture, and potentially a specialised workshop on immersive simulation (VR) media, dependant on student interest. Sessions combine lectures and class teaching, as well as written exercises and occasional oral presentations. The exam is a 20–25 standard pages written home assignment.

Teaching and learning methods
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Respond to your application December 15, 2016 at the latest


UCPHstudents from outside the Humanities:

Apply on form to mefstudieadmin@hum.ku.dk November 15, 2016 at the latest

Please submit your preliminary approval January 15, 2017 at the latest

Respond to your application January 15, 2017 at the latest

Credit15 ECTS
Type of assessment
The exam will be conducted in English
Criteria for exam assesment


Class Instruction42
Course Preparation367,5
Total 409,5
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