Dance 515

Spring Quarter

Research Methods I
Juliet McMains
M/F 10:30-12:20
SLN: 12780

This course will introduce students to a range of research methodologies currently used in dance scholarship. These methodologies include: historical archival methods, oral history, ethnography, dance science, reconstruction, movement analysis, and cultural studies. We may also select additional topics (e.g., semiotics, phenomenology, aesthetics) to explore based on student interest. We will touch upon the history and disciplinary traditions out of which each method emerges and how it has been applied to dance research. 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 researchers use in dance research—the what and how of dance research, rather than the why of it.The course culminates in students designing their own research project based in one or more of the methods introduced in the course.

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Dance 515: Research Methods I
Juliet McMains

This course will introduce students to a range of research methodologies currently used in dance scholarship. These methodologies include: historical archival methods, oral history, ethnography, dance science, reconstruction, movement analysis, and cultural studies. We may also select additional topics (e.g., phenomenology, somatics, aesthetics) to explore based on student interest. We will touch upon the history and disciplinary traditions out of which each method emerges and how it has been applied to dance research.