FYS-127 (En)Countering Narratives: Storytelling, Identity and Social Change

Instructor: Associate Director of CPS Jeffrey Rioux
Department: Center for Public Service

Instructor: Director of the Center for Public Service Kim Davidson
Department: Center for Public Service

Course Description:
Tell a story about a time you felt safe, an instance in which you offended a person of a different race, an important message you heard about what it means to be a man. Stories give form to life’s complexities, allowing us to make the abstract more personal and concrete. Through engagement with four story types, this course will consider how storytelling methodologies are used to enforce or dismantle oppression, mobilize or restrict change. By analyzing and sharing stories, students will gain an understanding of the complexity of race, class and gender and the power dimensions through which inequity operates. This process will also encourage students to make sense of their own experiences and identity, connecting the personal with the political, the individual with the social. Designed in collaboration with the Center for Public Service, this course combines a traditional academic component with experiential education through participation in campus dialogue groups, field trips to hear from community members and a community-based learning component.