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School of Continuing Studies

XCOM-703 - Creating Your Story Portfolio

Oct 7—27, 2019
USD 1285
Apr 6—26, 2020
USD 1285

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Utilizing knowledge gained in the previous two courses, students will create a custom story portfolio in this course. They will identify and develop four strategic types of social impact stories: personal, organizational, symbolic and issue specific. While creating their portfolio, students will receive one-on-one advising from the instructor and learn from the experiences of peers within the cohort by participating in review sessions.

Course Objectives Learning Objectives

  • Identify types of stories
  • Build a story from the organizational point of view
  • Compose a story based on a physical object that represents a social impact topic
  • Develop a personal story
  • Design a story that frames a topic within the social impact sector in a new way
School of Continuing Studies

XCOM-701 - Fundamentals of Social Impact Storytelling

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Sep 3—15, 2019
USD 857
Mar 2—15, 2020
USD 857


Storytelling is inextricably linked to what it means to be a human being. Before there were formal forms of communication, our ancestors were telling stories through cave paintings, ancient hieroglyphics, and around the campfire as a way to connect and share knowledge. Today, storytelling has had a renaissance of importance as research has proven that stories can drive targeted action on behalf of important social impact issues. This course provides students with foundational knowledge about the historic usage of stories in order to understand how to harness that power of influence for modern day applications within social impact settings. Students will also learn a strategic story plan framework developed by Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication that they will utilize throughout the certificate in order to create a portfolio of stories.

Course Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why the CSIC Story Plan Framework should be used to develop stories
  • Explain how stories are a tool for influence
  • Define the goals of storytelling for social impact
  • Describe the current state of social impact storytelling
  • Differentiate between content and stories
  • Assess the use of content and stories within a social impact setting