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Course Descriptions

DNCE 6113    Seminar:  Choreographies of Writing.  Reading of cutting edge dance studies scholarship alongside dance viewing with the intention of honing skills of choreographic analysis and dance writing. Daily writing practice, peer critiques, and exercises that develop different authorial voices provide a foundation for doctoral writing projects.

DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Epistemology of the Body.  Study of epistemological frameworks for understanding what it means to “know in the body” with an emphasis on the exploration of the relationship between self-generated movement and processes of self-learning and self-change.

DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Movement Analysis, Description, and Theory Generation. Exploration of diverse methods for analyzing and describing the moving body in space with emphasis placed on how visual and written movement descriptions provide data for theory generation.  (This course requires movement participation and takes place in the dance studio.)

DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Visual Culture as Research Data. Exploration of how visual imagery in connection with written narratives can be created to create specific cultural readings and interpretations.  Possibilities for publishing in diverse venues as well as teaching in online and interactive formats will be developed throughout the course.   

DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Scholarly Inquiry in Dance.  Investigation of theories and methodologies for developing rigorous and credible approaches to the study of praxis-oriented endeavors that are shaped by the reciprocity of reflection and physicality. Attention is given to social, cultural, and historical contexts.

DNCE 6113  Seminar:  Cultural Approaches to Dance Studies.  Interdisciplinary exploration of key concepts in and methodological approaches to cultural studies, including feminist, postcolonial, and queer scholarship. Particular focus on how cultural theory is employed in the arts and humanities to argue a work’s meaning.

DNCE 6213   Current Issues in Historical Inquiry. Investigation of how dance practice over time and across cultures has shaped the presentation of dance in contemporary society. The role of movement appropriation, dance reconstruction, and current theories of gendered bodies in relation to movement will be addressed.  Developing methods for writing history as a living art will be practiced.

DNCE 6313   Philosophical Inquiry.  Engagement in philosophical aesthetics as a process of questioning and examining ontological and epistemological issues related to the individual research interests of the students.  Metaphoric process, hermeneutics, critical theory, and the presence of physicality in philosophical writing will provide points of entry for writing projects. 

DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Scholarly Writing and Presentation of Research Development of scholarly writing and presentation skills that further the student’s research and professional growth, including journal articles, conference papers, book reviews, research grant proposals, and guest lectures.

DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Theorizing Performance.  Interdisciplinary investigation of historical and contemporary approaches to performance studies, addressing performance as a conceptual term, as an object of analysis, and as a mode of interpretation.

DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Qualitative Research Methodologies. Exploration of qualitative research methodologies including phenomenological, critical, and feminist perspectives in connection to the student’s particular research interests.  Responsible and ethical practices for conducting interviews, engaging in participant observation, and designing and implementing qualitative projects will be developed throughout the course.

DNCE 6023   Analysis of Professional Literature I:  Data Analysis and Theory Development.  Study of the evolving nature of discourse in dance through the development of relevant strategies for analyzing, evaluating, and creating/constructing theory.  With a focus on investigating theoretical and/or meta-theoretical problems, students will pursue individual research inquiries with a view to preparing the groundwork for their dissertation studies.

DNCE 6913   Individual Study:  Directed Reading.  Development of an independent reading program in the area of dissertation research as well as the specific areas for the Qualifying Examinations.

DNCE 6023   Analysis of Professional Literature II: Research Colloquium. Oral and visual presentation of research from DNCE 6023 Part I with critical responses and community discourse. 

Qualifying Examinations

The Qualifying Examinations are comprised of written and oral examinations.  The student proposes four areas for the written portion of the examination:  two areas focus on breadth in the discipline, the third area focuses on the specific area of dissertation research, and the fourth area focuses on the research methods and scholarly competencies necessary to undertake dissertation research.  The format for the Qualifying Examinations consists of researching and writing four scholarly 20-30 page papers during a 4-6 week period.  The two-hour oral examination addresses the content of the written portion of the examinations as well as areas related to the proposed dissertation research, pedagogical applications, and professional contexts.

Dissertation -- 12 Credit Hours

The dissertation is based upon research that makes an original contribution to the literature in the field of dance.  Students are encouraged to develop an association with members of the faculty early in their studies with a view to identifying an area of research of mutual interest.  In addition to required courses students are expected to develop a plan of focused reading that will lead in a direct way to the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to complete dissertation research.  Up to 12 credit hours of dissertation may be counted toward the 90 hours required for the degree. 

DNCE 6983 Dissertation I (Prospectus) 

DNCE 6983 Dissertation I (Prospectus/ Dissertation) 

DNCE 6993 Dissertation II (Dissertation) 

DNCE 6993 Dissertation II (Dissertation) 

Final Oral Examination:  An oral defense of the dissertation is required and is a public presentation for the Department and invited guests.

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