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DANC101 – Movement and Dance in the 21st Century

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor/Lecturer/Tutor
Julie-Anne Long
Contact via email: julie-anne.long@mq.edu.au
Y3A 193J
Thursday 12.30-2.30pm (or by appointment via email)
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
The twentieth century exploded with dance forms. Modern dance was born, with its emphasis on the expressive capacities of the individual. The dances of other cultures became increasingly available yet remained enticingly exotic. Women threw away their corsets and moved freely. Social dance went through wild changes born on the tides of musical revolution. Rigorous physical practices created super human bodies and dance became an extreme sport. This unit provides theoretical and embodied knowledge of some of the major dance forms of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Teaching is in both lecture and workshop format. Assessment protocols are flexible offering students a choice of performance or essay for their final assessment. This unit is suitable for students from diverse backgrounds interested in dance.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. • Recognise a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st Century dance forms and practices
  2. • Identify a variety of dance artists and practices, especially within an Australian context
  3. • Apply research skills, particularly through engagement with embodied research
  4. • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection
  5. • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

General Assessment Information

Attendance You are required to attend all tutorials. As participation in the process of learning is linked to and underpins the unit learning Outcomes, you will need to either apply for Disruption to Studies to cover any missed tutorial (if the disruption is greater than three consecutive days) or supply appropriate documentation to your unit convenor for any missed tutorial (if less than three consecutive days).

Group Exercises Students are expected to work in groups for Tutorials. Students in this unit must be willing to work within a group and to assume responsibility for the group's process. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for practical exercises and workshops.

Independent Work Students are expected to work independently outside of scheduled tutorial times when they are working on their independent practice. DANC101 students will need to do their own reading of relevant texts outside class time.

Referencing Style preferred Style for this Unit is APA. Other styles such as Harvard may be used as long as all necessary information is provided and a consistent approach is taken.

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2 40% Week 4 & Week 9
PRESENTATION and REFLECTION 25% Week 12 (in class)
PERFORMANCE or ESSAY 35% Week 13

PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2

Due: Week 4 & Week 9
Weighting: 40%

PARTICIPATION REPORT #1 Due Date: Week 4 (Friday 24 March, 5pm)

PARTICIPATION REPORT #2 Due Date: Week 9 (Friday 12 May, 5pm)

This Assessment has two rationales and relates to the final Presentation and Report:

1.     Engagement with course content will be demonstrated through a regular journal writing practice. Lecture quizzes, reading reflections, descriptive writing tasks and observations from physical exercises must be entered into the journal assessment continuously throughout the semester.

2.     Students will choose a dance form to practice regularly as an independent practice. It must be a style of dance unfamiliar to them. Students will record their observations and discoveries in this on-going journal.

Students are expected to commit 9 hours a week to this unit, including Lectures and Tutorials. The participation reports as part of this assessment will be submitted in 2 stages with feedback given for each submission.

* The written reports must be submitted via Turnitin and will be reviewed and graded by the convenor who will provide feedback accessible by the students via the My Submissions link in ilearn. 

Report Assessment Criteria:

a) Evidence of sustained, developing and insightful practice

b) Ability to define and articulate the essential qualities of the chosen dance form

c) Ability to translate embodied experience into original, evocative and descriptive language

d) Evidence of methodology including physical and theoretical methods and critical reading.

* A template will be provided. Methodology for this assessment will be discussed in class and full details can be found on ilearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • • Recognise a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st Century dance forms and practices
  • • Identify a variety of dance artists and practices, especially within an Australian context
  • • Apply research skills, particularly through engagement with embodied research
  • • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

PRESENTATION and REFLECTION

Due: Week 12 (in class)
Weighting: 25%

Due Date: Week 12 (Tuesday 30 May, in class)

Students are required to present a 3-5 minute oral presentation in class outlining the key findings of their independent practice and embodied research project.

* A hard copy written reflection on the student’s independent practice including references to course content and journal entries (800-1,000 words) must be submitted in class following the presentation.

* The Written Reflection must also be submitted via Turnitin by 5pm Tuesday 30 May and will be reviewed and graded by the convenor who will provide feedback accessible by the students via the My Submissions link in ilearn.

Presentation and Reflection Assessment Criteria:

a) Evidence of sustained, developing and insightful practice

b) Ability to define and articulate the essential qualities of the chosen dance form

c) Ability to translate embodied experience into original, evocative and descriptive language

d) Evidence of methodology including physical and theoretical methods and critical reading.

 * A methodology for this assessment will be discussed in class and full details can be found on ilearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • • Identify a variety of dance artists and practices, especially within an Australian context
  • • Apply research skills, particularly through engagement with embodied research
  • • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

PERFORMANCE or ESSAY

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 35%

Due Date: Week 13 (Performance: Tuesday 6 June, in class) (Essay: 5pm Tuesday 6 June)  

EITHER

Students will create an original PERFORMANCE of 3-5 minutes using their Independent Practice and embodied research. * The performance will be presented in class in Week 13.

 Performance Assessment Criteria:

a) Evidence of embodied research

b) Original concept with inventive and idiosyncratic material

c) Clear articulation of artistic intention

d/ Performance protocols: clear form, well rehearsed, confidence in presentation.

 * Program Notes for your performance must be submitted via Turnitin by 5pm Tuesday 6 June. A methodology for this assessment will be discussed in class and full details can be found on ilearn.

 OR

Alternatively, students can write an ESSAY of 2,000 words. The independent practice/embodied research the student has undertaken provides the basis for the essay in conjunction with course content and additional academic research and texts. Essay Topics will be provided in tutorials and on ilearn.

* The Essay must be submitted via Turnitin by 5pm Tuesday 6 June and will be reviewed and graded by the convenor who will provide feedback accessible by the students via the My Submissions link in ilearn.

 Essay Assessment Criteria:

a) Clear articulation of academic argument and response to the question

b) Evidence of own embodied research

c) Evidence of research dialogue between embodied and theoretical

d) Correct essay structure and techniques: correct grammar, spelling, accurate referencing.

 * A methodology for this assessment will be discussed in class and full details can be found on ilearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • • Recognise a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st Century dance forms and practices
  • • Identify a variety of dance artists and practices, especially within an Australian context
  • • Apply research skills, particularly through engagement with embodied research
  • • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

Delivery and Resources

Technologies Used and Required This Unit has an online presence in  ilearn.  You will require access to a computer and fast broadband. All DANC101 material will be uploaded to the DANC101 ilearn Unit every week. The DANC101 iLearn unit may be accessed from off-campus at http://www.learn.mq.edu.au

Readings A list of readings for DANC101 will be made available via the DANC101 ilearn page in week 1. Most readings are from the prescribed text: Carter, Alexandra & Janet O’Shea, (Eds.) (2010) The Routledge Dance Studies Reader, Second Edition. London & New York: Routledge. All required reading list texts will be available via 'Unit Readings' in MultiSearch: http://multisearch.mq.edu.au/?course

Assessment Submission via Turnitin, unless otherwise stated, and will be reviewed and graded by the convenor who will provide feedback accessible by the students via the My Submissions link in ilearn.

Late Assessment Submission Assessment tasks are aligned to the unit learning Outcomes. Timely submission of assessment tasks is a unit requirement or penalties apply. 10% per day (including weekends will be deducted for all late submissions unless Disruptions to Studies (including a request for an extension) is approved.

Unit Schedule

DANC101 Lecture: Tuesdays 9am-10am (Y3A T1)

Each Lecture will be recorded and available via ilearn. 

Tutorials: Tuesdays EITHER 11am-12pm OR 12pm-1pm OR 2pm-3pm OR 3pm-4pm (Y3A 187 Dance Studio)

A Schedule of Lecture and Tutorial topics will be available in Week 1 on ilearn. 

For Lecture times and classrooms please consult the MQ Timetable website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au.

This website will display up-to- date information on your classes and classroom locations.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Tutorials will commence in Week 1.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Additional Information

MMCCS Session Re-mark Application http://www.mq.edu.au/pubstatic/public/download/?id=167914

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • • Recognise a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st Century dance forms and practices
  • • Identify a variety of dance artists and practices, especially within an Australian context
  • • Apply research skills, particularly through engagement with embodied research
  • • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

Assessment tasks

  • PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2
  • PRESENTATION and REFLECTION
  • PERFORMANCE or ESSAY

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • • Apply research skills, particularly through engagement with embodied research
  • • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection

Assessment tasks

  • PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2
  • PRESENTATION and REFLECTION
  • PERFORMANCE or ESSAY

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • • Apply research skills, particularly through engagement with embodied research
  • • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

Assessment tasks

  • PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2
  • PRESENTATION and REFLECTION
  • PERFORMANCE or ESSAY

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

Assessment tasks

  • PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2
  • PRESENTATION and REFLECTION
  • PERFORMANCE or ESSAY

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • • Recognise a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st Century dance forms and practices
  • • Demonstrate skills of academic writing, analysis, description, conceptualisation and reflection
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

Assessment tasks

  • PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2
  • PRESENTATION and REFLECTION
  • PERFORMANCE or ESSAY

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • • Recognise a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st Century dance forms and practices
  • • Identify a variety of dance artists and practices, especially within an Australian context
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

Assessment tasks

  • PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2
  • PRESENTATION and REFLECTION
  • PERFORMANCE or ESSAY

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • • Recognise a broad knowledge of 20th and 21st Century dance forms and practices
  • • Apply and evaluate individual relationship to dance practice and performance

Assessment tasks

  • PARTICIPATION REPORTS #1 & #2
  • PRESENTATION and REFLECTION
  • PERFORMANCE or ESSAY