MLD-356M: Public Narrative: Loss, Difference, Power, and Change

Semester: Fall 2

Credit: 2.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Marshall Ganz


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 10/18
Meet Day T/Th 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Belfer 200 Starr Aud (HKS)


This module builds on its prerequisite MLD-355M, "Public Narrative: Self, Us, Now." In this module we go deeper. We explore how we can use public narrative to acquire agency in the face of critical leadership challenges: those of loss, domination, difference, and change. Most of us have experienced these leadership challenges in our families, work lives, or communities. We can learn to draw on the narrative content of these experiences to enable ourselves to deal with them in public life. We can respond to domination, for example, with a narrative of resistance or of compliance; to difference with narratives of inclusion or exclusion; to loss with narratives of redemption or contamination; and to change with narratives of rejection, conservation, reform or revolution. The question is how we can respond and enable others to respond with "agency" by accessing hope over fear, empathy over alienation, and self-worth over self-doubt. Prerequisite: MLD-355M.

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

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