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The Narrative Research postgraduate programmes at CNR are uniquely interdisciplinary. They draw on social sciences, humanities and arts disciplines to provide advanced and comprehensive education and training in narrative theories and methods. The programmes give students experience in applying narrative concepts and analysis to diverse fields. They guide students through the planning and performance of their own narrative research. Masters and Diploma programmes also develop more general skills of review, criticism and research, in the context of narrative work.

The programmes are taught by prominent scholars based at the Centre for Narrative Research, an international leader in the field of narrative research in the social sciences, arts and humanities. CNR also runs many seminars, conferences and masterclasses, and hosts eminent international visitors. Students are encouraged to participate in this wider research community.

Students from the programmes have gone on to MPhils, PhDs and lectureships, careers in social work, teaching and psychology, and to work with international NGOs, advertising agencies, management teams, and arts organisations. Students have used their work in the programmes to write reports, papers for publication in international peer reviewed journals, and a number of books.

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Narrative Research Postgraduate Programmes at CNR

CNR offers the following Masters-level modules, by distance learning and onsite, in 2016 - 2017:

Narrative Research (September 2016 - January 2017 by distance learning with onsite and online tutorials)

This module provide students with an overview of the range of narrative research methodologies. Beginning with an exploration of the meaning of narrative, the module outlines Labovian methods, biographical methods and context-oriented methods. It then considers three key fields of narrative research: oral, personal narratives; written narratives (including autobiographies and letters); and visual narratives. Through a range of theoretical perspectives, we shall be attempting to address a number of questions; for instance: How do people come to see themselves as distinct subjects about whom a story can be told? What role do memory, ideology, sense of audience, etc. play in people's accounts of their lives? How do class, ethnicity, gender and other social characteristics shape the stories people tell? What do we look for when we analyse accounts of people's lives?

For academic information, please contact Corinne Squire: c.squire@uel.ac.uk

Life Stories PS3100 (Undergraduate Short Course)

This Foundation level undergraduate short course (5 credits) aims to show students how to engage academically with written and visual representations of lives descriptively, critically, and in relation to their own lived experience. The course is designed to reach students in non-traditional learning environments and to act as a ‘gateway’ into higher education. 

For academic information, please contact Aura Lounasmaa a.lounasmaa@uel.ac.uk or Corinne Squire c.squire@uel.ac.uk