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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DANM009 Module Title: POPULAR DANCE
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: POPDANCE
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: DODDS S Dr (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Module not running in 2006-07
Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
6000 word essay
Module Overview
Module Aims
  • To further knowledge and understanding of issues, debates and theories introduced in the core modules Politicising Practice and Theories of Embodiment.
  • To acquire an advanced understanding of concepts and practices of popular dance.
  • To develop a specialised knowledge of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of popular dance.
  • To examine critically popular dance case studies through appropriate theoretical frameworks.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
  • A specialised knowledge of a range of popular dance practices within both vernacular and presentational contexts.
  • A complex understanding of the term ‘popular’ and its competing definitions.
  • An advanced understanding of how the social, political, economic and historical framework affects the production, distribution and consumption of popular dance forms.
  • A complex knowledge of a range of popular dance practices within both vernacular and presentational contexts.
Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
  • Ability to analyse and interpret critically a range of popular examples through relevant theoretical models and methodological approaches.
  • Ability to critique existing ideas at a sophisticated level through oral and written means.
  • Ability to articulate independent and original responses to a range of popular dance examples using an appropriate register of academic language.
  • Ability to synthesise theories relevant to the study of popular dance from a range of disciplines.
Practical/Key Skills:
  • Ability to locate, select and organise a range of research materials that relate to specific popular dance case studies.
  • Ability to undertake self-directed research on selected popular dance examples.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a group when preparing reading or viewing for class discussion.
  • Ability to articulate and debate complex ideas in a lucid manner.
  • Good time management.
Module Content
  • The module addresses competing definitions of the popular and critically explores the intellectual assumptions that underpin this categorisation.
  • The module examines a range of popular dance practices, both in vernacular and presentational contexts, and considers how different social, political, economic and historical frameworks impact upon their production, distribution and consumption.
  • The module explores relevant theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of popular dance.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lecture, video analysis, seminar presentation and group discussion.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading:
Dixon Gottschild, Brenda. Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era.  New York: St. Martin 's, 2000.
Hebdige, Dick. Subculture: The Meaning of Style.  London: Methuen , 1979.
Horner, Bruce and Swiss, Thomas (eds) Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture. Oxford : Blackwell, 1999.
Malone, Jacqui. Steppin' on the Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1996.
Savigliano, Marta. Tango and the Political Economy of Passion.  Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford : Westview, 1995.
Strinati, Dominic. An introduction to theories of popular culture.   London : Routedge, 1995.
Thomas, Helen (ed) Dance in the city.   London : Macmillan, 1997.
Thornton, Sarah. Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital. Cambridge : Polity, 1995.
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