Singapore University of Social Sciences

Story-telling and Story-making

Story-telling and Story-making (SCO159)


Story telling is an intrinsic human characteristic. Since the days of cave-drawings and oral traditions, technologies have changed the way we tell stories – visual stories told through photographs, spoken stories told through videos and recordings, written stories in blogs, etc. This course looks at what makes a compelling story by learning the basics of story-telling (narrative structure, plot, character) and also what stories say about their story-makers. Students will produce their own story-telling project through a medium of their choice, to document, convince or inspire others of their journey in service-learning, overseas programme, work attachment, etc.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • The evolution of storytelling
  • Basics of storytelling
  • Truth telling and “alternative facts”
  • Narratives and audiences
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • The future of storytelling

Learning Outcome

  • Identify modes of narration and rhetorical devices
  • Describe the key role stories and narratives play in communication
  • Illustrate the effectiveness of a story on target audiences
  • Interpret meanings behind the various interactions in daily and professional life
  • Relate narrative and rhetorical elements to real world communications
  • Apply narrative and rhetorical elements and techniques to various story-telling technologies
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