Dance as Cultural Knowledge: Dances from Indonesia (FYS)|
Dance as Cultural Knowledge: Dances from Indonesia is a FYS (First Year Seminar) course. It provides opportunities to work on descriptive, creative, and analytical writing about dance and cultures. This interdisciplinary course further allows students to use the practice of traditional and contemporary dance repertoire from Indonesia as a way to experience cultures, history, politics, religions, and aesthetics. Throughout the semester, students will explore the practice of classical court dance in Central Java and traditional Acehnese dance. Further, students will engage with literature from the fields of dance studies, anthropology, and ethnomusicology in order to contextualize their Indonesian dance practice and analyze the cultures that surround their dance practices. This course combines intellectual engagement (reading, writing, research, and class discussion) with the physical and sensational experience of moving our bodies in accordance with cultural practices particular to these two areas. By utilizing these two learning methods, we take a holistic approach to understanding dance as a way of carrying cultural knowledge. Throughout the semester, students will write a short reflective journal on a specific topic each week, and carry out research for a final paper at the end of the semester.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Main reading: EMBODIED COMMUNITIES: DANCE TRADITIONS AND CHANGE IN JAVA, by Felicia Hughes-Freeland (2008/2011)
Chapter excerpts from: Benamou (2010), Hahn (2007), Harnish and Rasmussen (2011), Ishiguro (2019a), Larasati (2013), Kaeppler (2000), Morrison (1975) and Sunardi (1975) etc.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Course components broadly include the following topics: introduction to major themes and concerns surrounding the interaction of writing and dance; cultural studies of Indonesia; practice of Central Javanese and Acehnese dance.
Assignments and grade breakdown:
Attendance and engagement: 25 %
1000 words essays: 30%
Bullet point reading summary: 10%
Mid term exam (practical exam): 10%
Final research paper (6-8 pages): 15%
Final oral presentation: 10%
With a writing tutor to assist you, there will be an enthusiastic emphasis on improving writing skills.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
IMPORTANT: CLASSES WILL BE TAUGHT ONLINE ON MONDAYS.
ON WEDNESDAYS the claslist will be split for in-person and online and alternating every WED. Prof. Maho Ishiguro will email the classiest directly before first class.
|Instructor(s): Ishiguro,Maho Amy Times: .M..... 11:10AM-12:30PM; ...W... 11:10AM-12:30PM; Location: ONLINE; SDC; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 9||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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