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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 380
Course Title: Performance Studies
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: An examination of classical and contemporary views of performance as a way of constituting meaning, as well as to affirm individual and cultural identity at the crossroads of race, class, and gender. Prerequisite: COMM 360.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): COMM 360.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Performance: Texts and Contexts
By Stern, Carol Simpson & Bruce Henderson (Longman)
Performance: A Critical Introduction
By Carlson, Marvin (Routledge)
The Object of Performance: The American Avant Garde Since 1970
By Sayre, Henry M. (Univ. of Chicago Press)
Folklore, Cultural Performances, and Popular Entertainments: A Communications-Centered Handbook
By Bauman, Richard (Oxford Univ. Press)
Voices Made Flesh
By Miller, Lynn C., Jacqueline Taylor, & M. Heather Carver (Univ. of Wisconsin Press)
Course Objectives
  • To understand the history of the Performance Studies discipline
  • To distinguish and articulate the differences between everyday and aesthetic performance.
  • To increase performance and performance criticism skills.
    Measurable Learning
  • Recognize significant scholars and theories within Performance Studies.
  • Identify and articulate the differences between acts of aesthetic and everyday performance
  • Identify and employ critical reflexive skills in the ways in which they enlist skills of performance evaluation and criticism.
  • Apply advanced level organizational and analytical skills when discussing acts of performance
  • Demonstrate critical writing skills which support an understanding of basic critical and theoretical concerns in the discipline.
  • Demonstrate intermediate aesthetic performance techniques.
    Topical Outline:
  • What is Performance Studies?
  • Oral interpretation
  • Personal narrative and performative writing
  • Everyday performance
  • Performance art
  • Ritual performance

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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    Prepared by: Amy Darnell Date: November 17, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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