EKIS477 Analysis of Multimodality (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



This self-study option introduces the key theories, concepts and methods of multimodality, including multimodal discourse analysis and social semiotics, to students. The readings shed light on the relationship between language and other semiotic resources that are used to create meanings and to understand human communication. In doing this, the readings also provide tools for students to understand how current research approaches the concept of language.

Completion methods


Assessment details

Students' exam answers show good command of the conceptual, theoretical and methodological aspects of the topic and student knows how to apply what has been read in the exam answers. There are two questions in the exam, both of which need to be answered and passed in order for the exam to be approved.

Learning outcomes

After studying the books, the students will be able to

- understand how language (use) is always part of complex constellations of multimodal discourse
- discuss and define key aspects of multimodal discourse analysis and social semiotics
- discuss the insights that multimodal and social-semiotic perspectives can bring to our understandings of language

Additional information

It is possible to do the exam as a traditional book exam or an e-exam.

Description of prerequisites

Basic Studies


  • Scollon, Ron & Wong Scollon, Suzie (2003). Discourses in Place. London: Routledge.; ISBN: 978-0415290494
  • Kress, Gunther and van Leeuwen, Theo (2006). Reading images: The Grammar of visual design. London: Routledge.; ISBN: 0415319153

Completion methods

Method 1

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Method 2

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Parts of the completion methods
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