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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ORI6500
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-10-27
  2. Department: Communication
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1217000
  5. Contact Person: Gil Rodman
  6. Phone: 9743025
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ORI
  9. Number: 6500
  10. Full Title: Performance Criticism
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Performance Criticism
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Focuses on the development and honing of critical skills employed in response to performance. These skills can be applied to a multitude of acts and texts.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Performance Studies is an emergent interdisciplinary field; it is one of seventeen new research areas the National Research Council will add to its Ph.D. taxonomy in 2004. Performance Studies is enjoying an explosion of interest across the academy in Ant
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? For the Department of Communication, this course adds literary and artistic realms to established criticism techniques in rhetorical and cultural approaches to Communication. It complements and extends the foci of other established courses in the department (e.g., The Role of the Critic, Rhetorical Analysis of Film, Performing Social Resistance).

    This course also will add to a sequence of graduate offerings that feature applied work, practical criticism, and research methods: Ethnography of Communication, Performance Art, and Documentary Methods of Ethnography. Approximately one fourth of graduate students in the Communication program claim Performance as their area of interest and research.

    Students from a variety of disciplines would benefit from learning how to identify underlying assumptions of criticism and how to communicate criticisms effectively.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Performance Criticism will be offered for the first time in the Spring 2004 semester.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field.
  29. Objectives: to consider a range of critical norms and communicative strategies for responding to performance

    to practice providing oral and written critiques of performances that might occur in pedagogical and professional settings

  30. Learning Outcomes: students will name, analyze, and evaluate the constituent elements of various methods of criticism

    students will examine performance methods to identify underlying assumptions

    students will demonstrate their ability to critique performed texts in written and oral assignments

    students will engage in meta-criticism to identify underlying assumptions in common evaluative standards

  31. Major Topics: Criticism and Its Functions

    Epistemological, Theoretical, and Disciplinary Grounds for Pedagogical Criticism

    Critical Methods in Pedagogical Contexts

    Ideology and Performance

    Feminist Lenses and Critical Views

    Ethical Dimensions of Performance Criticism

    Questions of Textual Authority

    Politicized Performance

  32. Textbooks: Selected readings (see sample syllabus).
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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