MLD-355M: Public Narrative: Self, Us, Now

Semester: Fall Mod1

Credit: 0.5

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Marshall Ganz


Day Time Location
First Day 9/4
Meet Day T/Th 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM STARR


Public narrative is how we turn values into action-a discursive process by which individuals, communities, and nations construct identity, formulate choices, and motivate action. Because we use narrative to engage the "head" and the "heart," it both instructs and inspires, teaching us not only how we ought to act, but motivating us to act - thus engaging the "hands" as well. Public narrative is a leadership art composed of three elements: a story of self, a story of us, and a story of now. A story of self communicates who I am: my values, my experience, why I do what I do. A story of us communicates who we are: our shared values, our shared experience, and why we do what we do. And a story of now articulates the present as a moment of challenge, choice, and hope. Based on a pedagogy of reflective practice, students will work in groups to learn to tell their own public story.

Also offered by the Graduate School of Education as A-111P.






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