Dance 515 - Dance Research Methods

Juliet McMains

SLN: 12878

M, F 10:30-12:20

This course will introduce students to a range of research methodologies currently used in dance scholarship. Because methodologies are informed by theoretical perspectives, we will to a certain extent invoke discussion of different theories out of which they developed. However, the focus of the course will be on the specific tools researcher use in dance research, the what and how of dance research if you will, rather than on the why of it.

Student learning goals

  • Ensure literacy in library and internet research skills
  • To introduce students to a range of methodological approaches used in dance research
  • To hone written and verbal skills in summarizing scholarly articles and evaluating methodology
  • To learn how to write a scholarly research proposal
  • To engage in critical debates in dance studies

General method of instruction

This course will be taught as a discussion-based seminar, with significant work outside of class expected.

Recommended preparation

While there are no prequisites for this course, graduate-level reading, writing, and thinking will be expected. A background in dance history, theory, or practice is an asset, but not required. A healthy curiosity about dance in its many expressions is essential.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include: reading, writing, oral presentations, peer reviews, short research assignments, and development of a research proposal.

Grades will be based on class participation, oral presentation, short response papers and other assignments, and a fully developed research proposal.