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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ORI6110

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2015 2003-10-27
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Communication AS 1217000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Gil Rodman 9743025

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ORI 6110 Texts in Performance

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Texts in Performance
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing



    Course Description

    Explores contemporary literary texts through dramatic analysis, live performance, adaptation and staging strategies

  3. Justification

    A. 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

    B. 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?

    In the Department of Communication, this course will complement and extend existing courses in analysis, criticism, and research (Communicating Leadership, Communicating Grief and Loss, Rhetorical Analysis of Film, Action Research).

    This course will anchor a sequence of graduate offerings in performance 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 have taken this class the two times it has been offered. These areas include English, Visual Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Theatre, and Mass Communications. All disciplines that study performance—on stage, in media, and as roles in every day life—could benefit from this course.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Theory has been offered two times as a Selected topics course in the past five years with enrollments of 15 and 16 students respectively.

    D. 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.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    to explore literary texts as scores for performance through textual certainities, probabilities, possibilities, and distortions

    to develop analytic and performance skills that account for texts as dramatic enactments of human motive via the works of Kenneth Burke

    to practice analysis, performance, adaptation, and staging in workshop and formal settings

    to foster future teachers of performance through attention to pedagogical strategies, exercises, and assignments in the classroom

    B. Learning Outcomes

    students will name, analyze, and evaluate the constituent elements of literary texts

    students will build three performances illustrating their understanding of the processes of analysis, rehearsal, polish, and presentation

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

    students will create and demonstrate teaching exercises in literary analysis, performance skills, and staging strategies

    C. Major Topics

    Kenneth Burke and Dramatic Analysis

    New Criticism: Its Benefits and Limitations for Literary Study

    Contemporary Poetry in Performance

    Point of View in Prose Fiction

    Realizing Narrators in Performance

    Historical Overview of Group Performance

    Adapting and Staging Prose Fiction

    D. Textbooks

    Robert Shapard and James Thomas, eds. Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories. Salt Lake City, UT: Peregrine Smith.

    Elizabeth Bell, Marcy Chvasta, Stacy Holman Jones, compilers. The Virtual Poetry Anthology. Developed for this course, available on Blackboard, and comprised of more than eighty contemporary poems (see attached Table of Contents).

    Selected readings (see attached Recommended Reading list).

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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