GLOBALIZATION AND PERFORMANCE - 2018/9

Module code: DAN3032

Module Overview

The module examines a range of performance practices in the context of globalization. Historically, various dance and theatre forms have been represented as ‘national’ forms, situating their ‘national’ identity in relation to global political and economic forces as well as in relation to their historical context. The module investigates different theoretical models deployed by scholars of globalization, nationalism and postcolonial identity and by those who examine such paradigms in relation to culture and performance.  The module also brings together interdisciplinary approaches from performance and theatre studies, dance studies, history and feminist theory to understand how changes occur in performance genres according to social, political and cultural contexts. 

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

SORGEL S Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W550

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Performing National Identity: What is a Nation?
Decolonizing Dance History: Le Ballet National du Senegal
Performing the Black Atlantic I: Alvin Ailey
Performing the Black Atlantic II: Derek Walcott and The Little Carib Theatre
Performance and Cultural Appropriation
Dancing India: Kathak’s Evolution from Classical to Contemporary
Post-Apartheid in South Africa: The Legacy of the Market Theatre
Contemporary Dance and Dance Theatre: Global or Local?
Performance and Economy
Festival Programming and Management

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY PLAN AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY (PRESENTATION) 25
Coursework ESSAY (2500 WORDS) 75

Alternative Assessment

Essay (2500 words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Knowledge of the production of national or cross-cultural identities in performance
Knowledge of a range of cultural performances that are portrayed as either local, national or global.
Understanding of the intersections between different cultural performances and their effects on bodies, discourse and social practices.
Skills to assess dance and theatre from an international perspective on issues of locality, global transmission and spectacle.
Awareness of critical frameworks for understanding the historical, political and economic issues that inform national and global contexts in dance and theatre


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Essay Plan & Annotated Bibliography (25%): students present an essay outline on a research topic of their individual choice relevant to module content (Week 8)
Research Essay (2500 words) (75%): students address an independently formed research question based on their previous presentations (Week 12)


Assessment Deadlines:

Week 8 & 12

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive formative feedback on weekly assigned study questions and research tasks (Surrey Learn).

Module aims

  • Examine a range of performance practices that are portrayed as either local, national or global
  • Investigate the intersections between different cultural performances and their effects on cultural identity, political discourse and social change
  • Develop an international perspective on issues of locality, transmission, mediatisation and spectacle
  • Build critical frameworks for understanding the historical, political and economic issues that inform national and global contexts in theatre and dance.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 A detailed understanding of how global factors inform the production and construction of national identity KC
002 Ability to analyse and debate ideas that can usefully be employed to investigate different ‘national’ forms in a global context to understand how specific cultural performances can articulate and challenge national identities KCP
003 Ability to observe and evaluate cultural performance as a political practice and critique existing arguments through oral and written means KCP
004 Knowledge of complex resources for the study of nationality and globality in dance and theatre KCPT
005 Ability to locate, select and organise research materials to undertake self-directed research on a specific case study KCPT
006 Time management, skilful communication and organisational skills CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 84

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 44

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Examine a range of cultural performances that have been represented as ‘national’ forms, situating their ‘national’ identity in relation to global political and economic forces as well as in relation to their historical context
Investigate different theoretical models deployed by scholars of nationalism and postcolonial identity and by those who examine such paradigms in relation to dance.
Introduce several interdisciplinary approaches from performance studies, dance and theatre studies, history and feminist theory to consider their relevance for performance analysis, festival programming and curating.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Lecture/Seminar (2 hours x 11 weeks)
Tutorials

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for GLOBALIZATION AND PERFORMANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dan3032

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.