Myths we live by: Narrative in Politics and Society

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode UCG2HU09
Vaknaam Myths we live by: Narrative in Politics and Society
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Myths we live by: Narrative in Politics and Society
Leerdoelen 1. Developing an awareness of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of narrative.
2. Elaborate on the forms and functions of narrative in politics and society.
3. Discuss and compare selected scholarly perspectives on narrative.
4. Present the results of their research in oral, written, and (if desired) audio-visual form, for a specialist and non-specialist audience.
5. Effectively manage their individual task assignments.
6. Effectively contribute to (organisation of) a study group.
7. Reflect upon their knowledge and personal development.
8. Keep track of their own progress in written form and reflect on it.
Omschrijving As a well-known character says in the final episode of Game of Thrones (2019), ‘there’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story’. This course will explore the power of stories and myths (or to use a more technical word, narratives) in contemporary politics and society.

Particular emphasis will be placed on two aspects: 1) The narrative structures underlying political discourses and social practices; 2) The ways in which artistic narratives (literature, film, theatre, etc.) can reinforce or contest political, national and social values.

The topics of our classes will include, among others: the instrumental use of myth in the construction of political power; the sustaining myths of fascism and their current resurgence in the present-day rise of right-wing populism; the role of narrative in environmentalism and other forms of activism; the importance of storytelling in contemporary approaches to healthcare; and political satire and the boundaries of freedom of speech.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Seminar
Toetsvorm Assignments, Essay, Group Project
(Final paper (or video essay, or creative work + critical reflection); blog or vlog; final conference; pass/fail weekly assignments)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. E. Ioannidou
Docent(en) dr. A. Harbach ,dr. E. Ioannidou
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 2) - semester II b keuze