Exploring the power of story and its impact on narrative in contemporary culture. This course introduces students to the nature, structure, and operations of story, as well as the functions of narrative in societies and cultures. It will also increase the ability to identify, create, manipulate and understand narrative This skill is not only necessary for self-presentation but also profoundly valuable in all professions.
Discovering the power of storytelling gives students a better way to communicate on both a micro and macro level. Students will be better equipped for public speaking and interpersonal communication by fusing the theory and practice of storytelling into self-presentation models.
Performing and applied storytelling is an emerging field in the new economy of networking, creativity and self-presentation. Students will be taught content knowledge, delivery skills, theory and practice, for the improvement of both their artistic expression and/or their professional application.
Storytelling is not only God’s model of teaching biblical truth in the Old Testament, but also Jesus’ model for teaching kingdom principles as evidenced throughout the Gospels.
Many unreached people groups around the world are oral cultures that pass on their most important social values through story.
Jesus continually used story in context to speak to a situation, refute erroneous doctrine, or relate to a large portion of his audience.
The concept of story transcends all people groups and reflects much about their history, values, and beliefs.
Understanding how and why story is so powerful will make each student a more effective communicator and better listener.
Students will develop and deliver stories throughout the class to be shared with classmates and outside audiences.