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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN1002 Module Title: CULTURAL APPROACHES
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: CULTAPPS
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: COURTIER CH Miss (Arts)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Semester 1 and 2

Assessment Pattern
Lecture demonstration    (10 minutes)   (40%)
Bibliography                                                 (10%)
Essay (1,500 words)                                  (50%)
Module Overview

Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
Lecture Demonstration
1500 word Essay

Module Aims
  • To provide a factual and conceptual knowledge of the variety of dance forms from different cultures evident in theatre dance, social dances and in different forms of media.
  • To create an awareness of the appropriate terminology and the nature of Dance Studies.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
  • A basic understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and concepts in Dance Studies.
  • An initial comprehension of how different cultures, historical epochs, contexts, and locations create distinct approaches towards training, choreography, performance and corporeal representation.
  • A recognition of a range of dance and movement examples from different cultural, historical, theatrical, technological and social contexts.
  • A basic familiarity with study skills required to investigate dance practices and theatrical, vernacular or technological representations of dance across cultures and contexts.
Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
  • Ability to analyse a range of dances and movement examples with guidance using provided classifications and principles.
  • Ability to evaluate and interpret dances based on observations of components, structure and context.
  • Ability to categorise examples of dances.
Practical/Key Skills:
  • Ability to apply various theoretical models on identity formation to a range of dance examples.
  • Ability to construct rational arguments in support of particular readings of dances.
  • Ability to articulate ideas in class discussion in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to acquire study skills: collating sources and appropriate documentation, essay structuring, academic writing with appropriate support.
Module Content
  • The module introduces historical, cultural, technological and institutional developments as reflected in training systems and dances.
  • The module draws on methodologies, analytic frameworks and source materials of relevant disciplines such as Dance Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Anthropology.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lecture, seminar, video analysis, movement exercises and group discussion.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading:
Adshead-Lansdale, Janet and Layson, June (eds) Dance history: an introduction. London: Routledge, 1994.
Banes, Sally. Terpsichore in sneakers: post-modern dance. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1987.
Bremser, Martha (ed) Fifty Contemporary Choreographers. London: Routledge, 1999.
Carter, Alexandra. The Routledge Dance Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1998.
DeFrantz, Thomas F. Dancing Many Drums. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
Delgado, C & J. Muñoz (eds) Every-night Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1997.
Dodds, Sherril Dance on Screen: Genres and Media from Hollywood to Experimental Art. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001.
Foster, Susan Leigh. Corporealities. New York and London: Routledge, 1996.
Grau, Andrée and Jordan, Stephanie. Europe Dancing. London: Dance Books, 2001.
Thomas, Helen (ed) Dance Gender and Culture. London: Macmillan, 1993.
Last Updated

9 October 09