LIT244 : Storying Sheffield

Convenor(s): Professor Brendam Stone


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

Storying Sheffield is an innovative course focusing on the idea that stories are a resource for understanding lives, places, and histories. It combines academic study with practical project work. The first part of the module provides students with academic and practical input into the use of narrative as a research methodology, the theory and practice of 'personal geographies', representing life narratives using creative means, and practical training in eliciting and producing life narratives. Workshops will include sessions on narrative and British film; cross-cultural stories; the study and analysis of everyday life; objects as narratives. Students will then work alongside Sheffield residents to develop narratives of Sheffield people’s lives and experiences, using a wide variety of techniques and media, including: text, audio, video, images, and performance. A public exhibition is staged at the end of the course in which students' work is displayed. [See] This module will give you a valuable opportunity to utilise your academic abilities in practical ways, while also learning new skills and ideas. In addition to helping you develop skills in research techniques, communication, and project management, working on this project will provide you with opportunities to enhance your CV and to gain experience which is likely to be attractive to many potential future employers.


Teaching will consist of one 3 hour workshop per week. The workshops will be diverse, offering a range of small and large group discussions and exercises; informal and interactive lectures; and student-led presentations.


Students will be assessed using learning portfolios. These will be in the form of electronic portfolios incorporating reflections on the following: workshops and other relevant activities; reading; planning; learning encounters; ideas for work. Content in the journals can be presented through a variety of means (film, audio, notes, writing, images etc). Students will also be encouraged to use their learning portfolios to build a 'research scrapbook', in which a variety of relevant sources are collected and referenced. The learning portfolio will also incorporate a brief summative report.

Contact Details

0114 22228495

Information last changed: Tuesday 21st of March 2017 :: 08:31:09 AM (GMT)


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