COM480 - The Art of Storytelling

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Subject Title
The Art of Storytelling

Subject Description
Storytelling is an art that has been practiced at campfires, royal courts, kitchens, children's bedsides, and concert halls.  It is used by First Nations elders, African tradition-keepers, bards, troubadours, avant-garde artists, and--if you're lucky--your granny.  Today, this new/old art is enjoying a renaissance.  From The Moth to Toronto's 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, people are rediscovering the power of oral literature, of stories that live by word-of-mouth.  This course is both a learn-by-doing workshop on how to tell stories, and a reflection on why and how oral stories have value, meaning, and an enduring presence in our contemporary lives.

Credit Status
One general education elective in the Arts & Humanities category

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Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  • collect and create a repertoire of stories for oral telling;
  • perform this repertoire in a variety of settings, including class and community venues;
  • develop listening and hosting skills appropriate to storytelling gatherings;
  • adapt storytelling knowledge to other fields (public speaking, screenwriting, education, leadership);
  • work collaboratively with fellow students;
  • write creative responses to course themes and questions;
  • create a final project based on student’s particular work and/or personal interests.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.