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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ORI6021

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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
    2016 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 6021 Performance Art

    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)
    Performance Art
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing



    Course Description

    Explores historical, theoretical, and critical perspectives on performance art in the US.

  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 The

    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 the explore the uses and practices of aesthetic communication and cultural criticism (Narrative Inquiry, Autoethnography, Communication Aesthetics, Rhetorical Analysis of Film, Performance Criticism, Feminism and Performance, Performance and Technology, and Contemporary Cultural Studies).

    This course will contribute to a sequence of graduate offerings in performance that feature the relationships among analysis, critique, and practice: Performance and Technology, Performing Social Resistance, Feminism and Performance, and Performance Criticism. 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 be interested in this course, including Theater, Fine Arts, Womenís Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and American Studies, and Theatre. Disciplines that study the relationships among art and society would benefit from this course.

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

    Performance Art has been offered once as a Selected Topics course in the past five years with an enrollment of 17 students.

    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 survey the influences on and precursors to performance art as an artistic form and process

    to explore the relationship of performance art to popular culture; other art forms; and social, cultural, and political events and attitudes

    to understand how performance art has become a means for exploring and debating issues of subjectivity, positionality, and representation

    to consider how the work of performance artists, theorists, and critics can be useful to studentsí own performance practices

    to explore how studentís work contributes to current thinking about performance art theory and praxis

    B. Learning Outcomes

    students will read and discuss the history and criticism of performance art in the US

    students will read, discuss, and use performance art theory and techniques in creating four performances that explore the communicative and critical possibilities of live performance

    students will demonstrate their understanding of course texts by performing and summarizing these texts

    students will apply their knowledge of performance art theory and practices in profile and analysis of the work of a selected performer or company

    C. Major Topics

    What is performance art?

    Traditions and influences in/on performance art

    Performance art as a focus on process

    Site-specific performance and installation art

    Body art and performance

    Performing identities, subjectivities, and representations

    Performance criticism

    D. Textbooks

    Selected readings (see course syllabus).

    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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