Narrative Studies is multi-disciplinary in nature and scope, its purpose being to grasp, explain and use narrative to provide solutions to situations and growth of human consciousness. Narratology forms the basis for literary studies, the use of narrative in clinical studies is well established, and narrative is naturally pivotal in the study of mythology, religion and wherever stories form the essence of focus. It is also well-established as a means of leading transformation in the business and corporate world. It finds appropriate methodology in qualitative research, especially with respect to anthropology, psychology and sociology.
To ask what a story is, is to seek the science of subjectivity. However, the goal of this Narrative Studies Programme is not to obfuscate authentic growth with verbose research, but to encourage individuals to lead growth and transformation in consciousness in themselves, groups, cultures and nations by a careful approach to reading, co-creating and managing the stories that are implicit in daily experience.
Examples of candidates for the programme:
- Clergy who wish to extend their appreciation of interaction between sacred text, self and society
- Therapists and clinicians who have an interest in including the role of narrative in their practice
- Authors who desire to expand their emotional and conceptual horizons
- Corporate leaders and HR specialists who are keen to learn about the power of narrative, linking everyday awareness to economic consciousness and group dynamics
- Social and cultural activists who desire to pursue projects in an acute yet informed way
- Those who are interested in literary appreciation from a subjective point of view
- Anyone who senses that there is greater story to be told, and who wishes to engage with this sense in a challenging yet comfortable and informed way.
The programme is offered at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The approach is consultative, with discussion of background, current knowledge, working context and most importantly, the actual goal, in terms of academic purpose, integrity and practicability. Once these have been elucidated, a reading programme, written submission outline and where applicable, a practicum, would form the basic components of the curriculum.
Initial discussion may be had with the Director of Studies, Professor W.H. Willies.