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Narratives in and around Organizations

Summer School of ,
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 3 weeks

Summer School 2018:

Scope of teaching Special program in August – 20-29 August Weighting: 5 ECTS

Description of objectives Teaching is organized to focus on key learning objectives for students as indicated below. This is supported by the chosen method of assessment to promote and test students’ knowledge and skills in the following areas:


Students possess knowledge about:

  • Central theories and concepts within organizational communication
  • Central theories and concepts within narratives from the perspective of an organization
  • Models and concepts for the analysis of narratives and counter-narratives
  • The internal and external use of narratives and counter-narratives (in crisis communication, stakeholder communication, management communication and intercultural communication)


Students are able to:
  • Discuss, analyze and assess narratives and counter-narratives in an organization’s internal and external communication

Course content
The course is designed around the teachers’ inter-disciplinary case work with narratives in and around organizations. Narratives in and around organizations is a field which has attracted increased attention from practitioners and researchers. It is becoming more common that practitioners use narratives in connection with traditional internal and external communication tasks in organizations. In research different traditions and methods are used. Based on a general introduction to central theories and concepts within organizational communication and narratives, the course provides a scientific and research-based introduction to narratives and their use in organizations.
The course will pay specific attention to the concept of counter-narratives and their emergence, functions and materiality within an organizational context.

The course will be taught in English.

d. Teaching and working methods

Teaching is organized in such a way that it supports the humanities model for active learning and activating teaching. At the start of the course, the teacher explains to students how study activities are organized.

e. Assessment criteria
Taking into account the method of assessment, emphasis will be placed on the extent to which student performance meets the described objectives as well as on the degree to which students have achieved the general skills objectives set out in Section 2, in particular nos. 2 – 6 og 7, which the course particularly underpins. Grades are awarded according to the degree of fulfilment of the description of objectives as set out in the Grading Scale Order.

f. Examination regulations

  • Method: Set homework assignment
  • Time: One week
  • Pages per student: 1 student max. 11 standard pages; 2 and 3 students max. 10 standard pages. All page numbers exclude cover page, table of contents, bibliography and appendices
  • Multiple students can contribute to the assignment: Yes. Max. 3 students. The contribution of each student must be clear in order to allow individual assessment 
  • Language: Danish or English (up to the student to decide)
  • Grading: Internal examination, 1 examiner Assessment: 7-point grading scale 
  • Weighting: 5 ECTS

Re-examination: Same as ordinary examination


Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees. Tuition vary according to course and your nationality. Read more on official website.

For Further Information

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About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Application date
Jun 01
Start date
Aug 12



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