World Dance

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    World Dance

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A level of physical condition appropriate to the unit content and to safe dance practices is required

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit includes exposure to a range of culturally specific dance styles through practical workshops and theoretical studies which provide contextual background to the styles taught.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate, in written and oral modes, a sense of responsibility to approach the cultural perspectives and protocols relating to each dance style with sensitivity and attention to detail.
    2. Critically and analytically reflect on your experience of the dance classes and tutorials and evaluate your learning in these contexts.
    3. Work collaboratively to investigate, critically evaluate and analyse information pertaining to one world dance style, from a variety of sources, using appropriate strategies, and communicate effectively in written and oral modes about this style.
    A range of dance styles form the basis for this unit, typically including styles from Australia (Indigenous dance), the Pacific Islands, India and China. As well as physically experiencing the dance styles, you will learn about the protocols relevant to each specific style and how these styles operate in multi-cultural society. The dance styles will also be contextualised by tracing their cultural and historical backgrounds, interpreting their functions, and characterising their components (movement, dancers, aural elements, visual elements and subject matter). You will also learn reflective writing techniques and group-work and oral presentation strategties.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit comprises both practical classes, tutorials and online tasks. In each practical class you will gain an experiential understanding of the dance style, narrated with verbal contextual information. Some tutorials will comprise of panel discussions while others will outline reflective journal writing techniques, group-work and oral presentation strategies in preparation for the second and third assessment items. In the online tasks you will suggest questions or topics in preparation for the next panel discussion tutorial, and provide responses to questions based on the practical class content.
    Assessment name: Reflective Journal
    Description: (Summative) You will write a personalised account of each practical class and specific tutorials in this unit. This will comprise of a critical and analytical reflection on the experience and evaluation of your learning.
    Relates to objectives: 1 & 2
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End semester
    Assessment name: Oral Presentation
    Description: (Summative) Group oral presentation communicating an understanding of a dance tradition of your choice (other than Western theatre dance styles) and the relationship to its cultural context.
    Relates to objectives: 1 & 3
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: End semester
    Assessment name: Discussion Forum
    Description: (Summative) At the conclusion of each subset of practical classes in a specific dance style, you will contribute to an online discussion forum in response to a question based on the class content.
    Relates to objectives: 1 & 2
    Weight: 10
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Throughout semester

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