Narrating the Communities We Want to Create: Storytelling as Social Change (at Grays Harbor)

Winter 2018 quarter

Taught by

American studies, visual communication, organizational development and leadership

How can the arts, and story in particular, serve as a catalyst for social change? What tools, platforms, and processes do artists, culture workers, and community organizers deploy to disrupt a dominant narrative? How do previously marginal or concealed stories move into our collective consciousness and “write” new possibilities for our future? In this course, we will explore the role of narrative in movement-building and change-making. We will consider the relationship between what scholar Lee Ann Bell refers to as stock stories, concealed stories, and resistance stories, and explore how counter storytelling communities develop to work toward social change. Students will apply theory to practice by exploring the stock, concealed, and resistance stories that have contributed to Harbor identity today. Credit equivalencies are expected in sociology and communications.

Program Details

Fields of Study

community studies sociology

Preparatory For

Communications, Non-Profit/Public Sector fields


Winter Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Grays Harbor

Off-Campus Location

Grays Harbor College

Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Thursdays, 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


2017-11-16New Grays Harbor course added for Winter