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Theatre for Social Change - Taught from Ecuador with Local Participants
CGST 321
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: DANC 320

This course is taught in Spanish. Students should have Spanish proficiency equivalent to SPAN 112 or higher. This course is designed to lead Wesleyan students and Ecuadorian community counterparts through the process of creating social change by practicing social change. Using exercises and activities that pull from the areas of Theatre of the Oppressed and Performance Activism, as well as traditional theatre tools such as movement and mask-making, we engage challenging concepts and conflicts by dialoguing via our performative work. Our exploration stretches from the theoretical foundations of structural and symbolic oppression to ongoing real-life events related to themes that are selected by the course participants (examples include cultural identity, systemic racism, privilege, power, environmental justice, and gender equality/equity). Each course participant chooses a thematic area and joins a small group with which they will apply learned methods to exploring their theme. Together, Wesleyan students with local counterparts create short virtual theatrical projects to be presented to the whole cohort. Readings cover theory and methods in Applied Theatre, community-based case studies, and articles related to the chosen themes. The readings are contextualized to the diverse lived realities of the course's participants as well as to our globalized society.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CGST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)(DANC)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on JUL-13-2024
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