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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions for Required Doctoral Coursework
(Please note that courses listed as research tools may be undergoing some title changes in fall 2014)

 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.  Theoretical and experiential study of philosophical, physiological, and cognitive frameworks for embodied knowing. 

 DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Movement Analysis and Description. 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 diverse research interpretations.  (This course requires some movement participation and takes place in the dance studio.)

 DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Current Trends in Dance Education and Research. Exploration of current trends developing in the field of dance in higher education including curriculum and assessment, educational leadership, inter- and trans-disciplinarity, multi-cultural inclusivity, action science, and technology.  Topics will be analyzed in relation to existing trends in dance studies research and emerging research methodologies within the performing arts.

 DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Scholarly Inquiry in Dance.  Investigation of interdisciplinary theories and methodologies foundational to Dance Studies including but not limited to critical, feminist, postcolonial, and queer theory.

 DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Dance and Culture.  Investigation of theories of culture and the relationship between dance and culture through the reading of cultural studies texts and dance ethnographies.

 DNCE 6213   Current Issues in Historical Inquiry.  Exploration of how dance practice over time and across cultures shaped the presentation and record 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 and changing art will be practiced.

 DNCE 6323   Philosophical Inquiry.  Engagement in philosophical questioning through connections with major philosophical tenets related to the individual research interests of the students.  Feminist studies, critical theory, pragmatic theoretical frameworks, and the presence of physicality in philosophical writing will provide points of entry for diverse projects. 

 DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Scholarly Writing.  Development of scholarly writing that furthers the student’s research and professional growth. The focus will be on writing and submitting an original article to a peer-reviewed journal. 

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

 DNCE 6113   Seminar:  Research Methodologies.  Exploration of mixed research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) in connection to the student’s specific research interests and needs for future dissertation inquiry.  Responsible and ethical practices for conducting interviews, engaging in participant observation, conducting surveys, and designing and implementing diverse research projects will be developed throughout the course.

 DNCE 6023   Analysis of Professional Literature I:  Research Data Collection and Analysis. Exploration of strategies for analyzing diverse data collections with a focus on ethical interpretations and theory development.  Students will create, conduct, and analyze individual research inquiries as groundwork for their future dissertation research design. (DNCE 6023 may be repeated twice for credit.)

 DNCE 6023   Analysis of Professional Literature II: Research Colloquium. Oral and visual presentation of research process developed over coursework in order to engage critical responses and community discourse. 

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

 DNCE 6983   Dissertation I.  Preparation of dissertation prospectus (2 semesters required).

DNCE 6993   Dissertation II.  Writing and presenting of formal dissertation (2 semesters required).

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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