DANC 1010, Dance In Culture

(3.0 credits)

Course Description

Fulfills General Education Fine Arts requirement and is an approved Global & Cultural Perspectives course. A beginning theoretical course examining societal diversity and artistic expression across cultures through the art of dance and body movement. Designed to introduce the definition of dance, basic history of dance and different genres of dance to enable students to make certain critical analyses and to identify style, form, technique and individuals who have made significant contributions in the dance field. Increase participants’ capacity to enjoy the art of dance and to appreciate the great variety of dance and diversity of culture in human society. Taught through lecture, discussion, practice sessions, and video observation. There are no prerequisites.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the connections between the arts and society, and be able to articulate those relationships.
  2. Understand and articulate the artistic process, and the elements and forms of artistic endeavors.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of specific artists, their work, and the style, periods and historical context of their creative work.
  4. Develop levels of knowledge through participation or through academic experiences and as patrons of the arts.
  5. Enhance the ability to assess personal efforts in the arts.
  6. Appreciate and enjoy more fully the dance experiences encountered in their lives, and appreciate the great variety of dance and diversity of culture in human society.
  7. Gain insights into humankind’s approach to creativity in dance
  8. Be able to define “what is dance”.
  9. Examine theoretical and methodological approaches to cultural differences specific to a disciplinary tradition.
  10. Demonstrate an ability to analyze differences and similarities within (or) across cultures.
  11. Examine the role of social factors, e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, etc., in shaping social interaction, cultural worldviews, and individual identity.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnectedness of society, culture and individual identity.
  13. Synthesize and balance information in developing appropriate evidence-­based conclusions about global issues.