The Science of Narrative: Why Storytelling Is Important to Research
- Summer Inst. term
- Mental Health
- 1 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2021 - 2022
- Instruction Method:
- Synchronous Online
- Wed 06/02/2021 - Thu 06/03/2021
- Class Times:
- W Th, 1:00 - 4:50pm
Are you concerned with the divide between the public health field and "post-truth" society, a culture predicated on emotional rather than logical appeal, and is dismissive of research as secondary, elitist and not relevant to people's lives?
Do you believe that the end goal of research should NOT be publication?
Do you want to learn a way to connect your scientific work with non-researchers?
Introduces the basic components of storytelling. Examines the science within the narrative arts. Challenges students to present the art within public health sciences. Emphasizes critical perspective on how nuances and merits of public health research should be expressed to relevant audiences, including community members and policymakers. Explores why storytelling is a powerful modality for conveying uncommon knowledge and insight in a manner that appreciates common experiences. Prepares students to combine data and narrative while acknowledging both as essential to effective public health advocacy.
- Learning Objectives:
- Practice the basic tenets of storytelling
- Think critically about how to effectively discuss public health science to non-scientific audiences
- Relate research to the real (i.e., not hypothetical, theoretical or conceptual) circumstances of populations
- Successfully integrate narrative and data to create a holistic and more effective approach
- Methods of Assessment:
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 50% Participation
- 50% Final Project
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
The course will move to a virtual format using Zoom and there will be two one-half day sessions. Students are required to complete pre-course and post-course assignments. The final project will be due on June 30, 2020.