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Matthew J Wojciakowski
GEN ST 349
Seattle Campus

Community Fieldwork: Special Topics

Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

"Digital Storytelling for Future Leaders who want to Make a Difference" Learn how to make a digital video. Learn how to tell a good story. Explore social issues that you care about and what effective leaders and followers are doing to make a difference. Develop your skills and understanding of what it means to lead and to work in a team. Students will work in teams to create a 3-5 minute digital story about an issue they share a passion around. Stories should reflect knowledge gained from interviews with people dedicated to working on the issue, personal understandings and experiences from members of the storytelling team, and concepts of service and leadership explored throughout the course. The course will conclude with a public viewing of the Digital Stories held in a theater on the UW campus.

Student learning goals

Define and articulate a personal understanding of social change leadership.

Identify key concepts of social change leadership and examples of people enacting those concepts in the local or global community.

Learn basic concepts of narrative construction and storytelling techniques and apply this understanding to the creation of a short digital story.

Gain a beginnerís level competency of digital video production, producing and presenting a 3-5 minute digital story.

General method of instruction

Project-based instruction, with an emphasis on using multi-media knowledge sources, particularly viewing and responding to ideas introduced through video. Some writing will be required.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites or background required.

Class assignments and grading

The course primarily consists of viewing videos, and a few short readings, on the concepts of social change leadership and narrative story-telling, with assignments based on short written reflections, participation in team-based activities, and the team-based creation of a digital story.

Each assignment (written reflection, team-activity, and step in the creation of the digital story) is assigned 10 points. Complete the 10 assignments and meet the attendance expectations, receive a full grade for the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Matthew J Wojciakowski
Date: 03/20/2013