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PHSE555 Dance and the Community

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A critical examination of the concepts and issues of dance and community, particularly dance, in relation to healing, social, educational, political and artistic functions.

This paper will provide the theoretical background and methodological understanding necessary for ethnographic research in the field of Dance and Community. Students will be required to undertake an ethnographic community dance research project on an identified group within the environs of Dunedin. This self-directed project will require formal ethical approval and constitute a significant body of research.

Note: This 500-level paper provides a significant advancement on the PHSE 325 paper by consolidating the introductory investigation of and participation with several distinct community groups, including such sectors as the elderly and the disabled. It requires that students identify and conduct independent research on a cohort of their choosing and apply all appropriate methodological research rigour to an independent ethnographic study.

Paper title Dance and the Community
Paper code PHSE555
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 235 or PHSE 326
PHSE 325, PHSE 435
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Students are eligible who have completed 300-level papers in a relevant subject area, such as Dance Studies, Education, Anthropology or Performing Arts.
Please contact before completing enrolment.
Teaching staff
Lecturer plus additional relevant supervisory committee.
Teaching Arrangements
Students will arrange individual supervision with lecturer in addition to classroom teaching and fieldwork.
Recommended reading will be provided as is appropriate to the research.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper the student should be able to:
  • Write an ethics approval submission
  • Write a literature review
  • Carry out an ethnographic research project
  • Complete a community dance project
  • Present a research seminar
Paper Structure
Students will participate in field work opportunities with PHSE 325 Dance and Community while researching a chosen specific community cohort.

During this paper students will:
  • Investigate research methodologies appropriate to the study of dance groups and dances in a given community or cohort
  • Apply theoretical concepts of dance, community and society through practical field work experience
  • Undertake observer/participant research, interviews, field-note-taking and video recording in the field
  • Become familiar with the writing of an internal ethics approval document

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system