14138 - Semiotics of the Media (1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will: - master the specific terminology of the semiotics of cinema and audiovisual media; - understand the basic principles of the semiological tradition (such as: diegesis, denotation / connotation, signifier-signified, paradigm / syntagma, code, sense and signification, etc.); - can analyze film sequences and audiovisual products, as well as specific genres of different media.

Course contents

This course will introduce the media system as a whole, not analysing the individual media. More specifically, they will be treated the intertextual and intermedia relations in the field of audiovisual production, and the phenomena of convergence and transmedia. Part of the course will in-depth study the television series and genres of contemporary tv.


- M.P. Pozzato, Capire la semiotica, Roma, Carocci Editore, 2013.

- J. Mittell, Complex Tv, Roma, Minimum Fax, 2017.

- V. Innocenti, G. Pescatore, Le nuove forme della serialità televisiva, Bologna, Archetipo Libri, 2008.

Teaching methods

Due to the restrictions imposed by the current health emergency, teaching will be carried out in the following didactic manner:

- blended:

The course is conducted in blended learning mode. This means that some lessons will be held in the classroom (frontal teaching for 4 hours a week) others using the IOL platform (for 2 hours a week). It will always be possible to connect remotely and follow live streaming of the lessons in the classroom via TEAMS platform. More detailed information about the shift and how to access the lesson in attendance will be provided later.

WARNING: Given the fluidity of the emergency situation we are experiencing and since this program will be published in July 2021, it is possible that the teaching methods will change in the coming months. In this case, timely communication will be given through an update of this program, as well as through appropriate notices published on the usual institutional channels, namely: notices published on the teacher's page (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/claudio.bisoni2/) and/or on the website of the DAMS (https://corsi.unibo.it/laurea/DAMS) which all students are invited to consult periodically.

Assessment methods

The final examination consists of writing an essay on a subject to be agreed, also via e-mail, with Prof. Bisoni, and of an interview. This essay, in the range of 10 to 15 sheets (1 essay = 2000 characters), shall be submitted in paper format 7 days before the exam date. WARNING: essays without bibliography/webography and no notes on the sources consulted will be assessed as negative automatically.

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It will be assessed as excellent the performance of those students that in the essay and during the interview demonstrate to have achieved an organic vision of the course contents, the use of a proper specific language, the originality of the reflection as well as the familiarity with the semiotic tolls.

It will be assessed as discrete the performance of those students showing mostly mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, not articulated synthesis and analysis capabilities, a correct but not always appropriate language, as well as a scholastic study of the discipline. It will be assessed as barely sufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, lack of knowledge of the discipline. It will be assessed as insufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography and inability.

Teaching tools

Power point slides, TV series projection, clips and archive materials by youtube, RAI Teche, etc.

Office hours

See the website of Claudio Bisoni