The purpose of the course is to provide students with knowledge of historical trends and characteristics within the most recent literature and to enable students to collaborate with others in presenting academic issues to a defined target group. In the course, the students will work both theoretically and analytically with several focus points within new literature and with product-oriented project work, in which the students collaborate on a communication product, in this case a podcast production. In the project, the students will collaborate with external partners and communicate to a defined target group.
The purpose of the project-based work is:
Before the course begins, the teacher will find collaboration partners that match the course theme and make an agreement with them on the collaboration framework. In this case, collaboration partners (and their student interns from Comparative Literature Master’s degree level) participated before the first teaching session, where the teacher and the collaboration partners jointly introduced the project to the students.
The students worked with their projects between and after the two workshops. This included a design process from Idea Generation to communication project, Status on ideas and the path to a prototype, Prototype and Production; the students continued to work on this between the teaching sessions.
Finally, a launching event was held (spring 2019) in collaboration with external partners (using the library as a platform)
The students have gained experience in working with a topical theme and have learnt how their academic subject is relevant in the real world. They have also learnt to work with and produce podcasts for communicating a theme.
It may seem overwhelming for first-semester students to be plunged into project work with an external collaboration partner. Therefore, teachers should remember to set up a good framework for the collaboration and make sure that expectations are aligned with both students and collaboration partners.