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Dance as Cultural Knowledge: Dances from Indonesia (FYS)
Fall 2020
Section: 01  

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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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