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

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Winter 2018
Grays Harbor
Grays Harbor
Credits per quarter

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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.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: Communications, Non-Profit/Public Sector fields

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Grays Harbor

Off-campus location:

Grays Harbor College

Advertised schedule:

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

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