DANCE 317

Advanced Writing for Dance

Dance College of Fine Arts and Communications

Course Description

This course will expose students to rhetorical principles and situations encountered in the field of dance. Students will refine skills in various genres of academic, persuasive and professional writing, as well as oral communication, supporting their development as dance artists, scholars, educators and advocates. \n

When Taught

Fall and Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

1st year writing course.

Note

Fulfills the Advanced Writing and Oral Communication GE requirement.

Title

Audience and purpose

Learning Outcome

<p dir="ltr">Identify the audience and articulate the purpose for a given writing assignment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Develop an individual and accessible voice appropriate for multiple audiences.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Recognize that everything's an argument and so also persuasive, but arguments are presented differently depending on the purpose and audience. EX: Creative writing uses a more subtle and art-centered form of persuasion while analytical and research writing use more direct persuasive techniques.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apply advanced rhetorical (argument presentation) strategies in written and oral texts to inform, persuade, or otherwise engage diverse audiences.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Title

Advanced library research techniques

Learning Outcome

<p dir="ltr">The literature review is specifically concerned with research that solves a problem and requires analysis and synthesis of other's ideas rather than just informing the reader on a topic.</p> <p dir="ltr">Summarize facts, data and information from sources in a clear, coherent manner, especially for the lit review and grant proposal but also for the formal presentation.</p> <p dir="ltr">Demonstrate a nuanced, in-depth understanding of the ethical treatment of information.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apply advanced research methods and techniques, including the evaluation of secondary source material, towards the composition of both a thesis-driven, source-based essay and an oral presentation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Title

Elegant written and visual presentation of information

Learning Outcome

<p dir="ltr">In all the forms, use rich, evocative language-compressed, concrete, and even musical language (where appropriate) that evokes understanding but also emotion in the reader. The prose should employ sensory words and phrases.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apply and adopt audience-appropriate sentence and paragraph-level conventions, such as grammar, mechanics, and structure, while developing more advanced considerations of style and tone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Develop advanced composition processes (generating ideas, drafting, revising, and editing) to improve sophisticated written texts and oral communication recursively.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Title

Critical and analytical thinking on an accelerated level

Learning Outcome

<p dir="ltr">Employ sophisticated choreographic analysis using elements of dance, choreographic structures and meaning making. (Concert critique)&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Develop advanced critical reading strategies to analyze the context, rhetorical techniques, substance, potential bias, and intended effects of information and ideas.</p> <p>Develop valid arguments and think beyond superficial topics of discussion, i.e., less obvious and non-saturated areas of dance research for the literature review, grant application, and dance performance critique.</p> <p dir="ltr">Advanced oral communication. Practice presentation techniques whose goal is to engage, inspire, educate, inform, and challenge the audience (see assessment sheet for formal presentations).</p> <p dir="ltr">Professional use of mechanics and documentation format. Papers are free from surface and grammar errors. The layout, design, and documentation style are appropriate for the form (research, critical, and creative writing).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>