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 Study Dance Studies at Otago

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The Dance Studies programme at the University of Otago provides a unique opportunity to study dance as a major focus within the Arts and Sciences.

Dance Studies involves the theoretical and practical exploration of dance as well as exploring its diversity within social, educational, artistic and cultural contexts. Dance Studies is a core component of Performing Arts Studies and integral to studies of human movement within the Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd).

The Dance Studies programme at the University of Otago is the only course in New Zealand in which a student may incorporate Dance Studies papers from their first year of study until postgraduate level where a Master of Dance Studies (MDanceSt) is offered.

Dance Studies is also available as an optional minor subject for the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) and Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Also see entries for Performing Arts Studies and Physical Education.

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See the full list of Physical Education (PHSE) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Master of Dance Studies (MDanceSt)

Papers and Thesis

Approved papers worth at least 80 points at 500-level or above, including:

  • PHSE 591  Research Methods (or an equivalent or approved research methods alternative)

  • 500-level papers worth at least 60 points from:
  • Thesis: PHSE 5A

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Minor Subject Requirements

Dance Studies as a minor subject for a BA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level See below  
200-level See below  
300-level Five papers from PHSE 115, PHSE 116, PHSE 235, PHSE 325, PHSE 326, PHSE 414, PHSE 427, PHSE 428, PHSE 429, PHSE 437, at least four of which must be above 100-level, including at least one above 200-level.

Note: May not be included in Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) programmes.


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