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EDSU101 Celebrating Dance in Culture

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Provides a foundation for experiencing, understanding and appreciating the diversity of dance and its relationship to various cultures and societies.

Dance genres/styles are expressions of creativity and cultural identity and may be participated in for a variety of reasons. This paper introduces the background, purposes and practices of a range of traditional and contemporary dance genres/styles, including how they have been influenced by historical events, individuals, globalisation and technology. This paper is particularly relevant for students who wish to specialise in dance education, community dance or performing arts.

Paper title Celebrating Dance in Culture
Paper code EDSU101
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $863.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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EDUO 170
Suitable for all students of any discipline.

Teaching staff

To be confirmed

Paper Structure
This paper consists of practical workshops, seminars and tutorials. It contains three main topics:
  • Dance and ritual
  • Dance and cultural expression
  • Dance and popular culture
Teaching Arrangements
Students need to come to class prepared to move in all sessions. The dance techniques offered in the sessions will be varied, so different dance-experience levels can be accommodated.
Each of the three topics will have required reading.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  1. To examine and describe the development and practices of a variety of traditional and contemporary dance genres/styles
  2. To analyse, interpret and discuss how dances communicate and express ideas, values and beliefs
  3. To demonstrate a range of dance techniques and choreography in the style of specific cultures, genres and/or historical periods
  4. To perform a variety of learned dances to an audience
  5. To develop skills and knowledge to support the implementation of the Understanding Dance in Context strand of the Arts Curriculum for Schools

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system