SRJC Course Outlines

6/13/2024 4:37:40 PMPE 40 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

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Discipline and Nbr:  PE 40Title:  SURVEY DNC HISTORY  
Full Title:  Survey of Dance History
Last Reviewed:4/8/2024

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the world of dance.  Survey of its history, its cultural and religious significance in terms of related forms of expression in primitive society, ancient cultures, medieval and Renaissance Europe. Development of ballet, modern dance and contemporary forms, and the relationship of their elements of style an composition to those of concurrent art forms of music, art, literature.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for English 100 A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intro to the world of dance for majors.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for English 100 A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C1ArtsFall 1995
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3AArtsFall 1995
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The student will:
1.  Describe the knowledge of anthropological origins of dance and
   different functions of dance in primitive society.
2.  Describe  the chronology of dance from ancient times through the
   20 century.
3.  Identify and analyze the elements of style in the dance forms of the
   Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic periods.
4.  Identify and analyze the dance forms taught today.
5.  Compare the techniques of historical, classical and contemporary dance
6.  Relate the development of dance to the development of art, music, and
   literature in each major historical period.
7.  Distinguish the costumes of each major period and describe the effect
   on the dance movement.
8.  Identify, locate and interpret written sources for the study of
   dance history.

Topics and Scope
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A. Anthropological basis of dance
  1) Dance as the earliest human expression of religion/art.
  2) Function of dance in both ritual and recreational settings.
     a) religion, kinship, tribal identity, age identity, hunting,
        social interaction.
B. Dance in ancient and traditional cultures
  1) Emphasis on relationship of myth, ritual, social organization, and
     folk customs.
  2) Evolution of specific forms of dance as they relate to ritual and
     ancient classical drama.
C. Dance of Western Europe
  1) Religious and social dances of Medieval Europe.
  2) Renaissance and Baroque court dance as reflections of culture.
  3) Elements of style in music, art, architecture, and literature
     in Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic periods of Western Europe.
  4. Dance as a theatre art: its origins in court dance and its
     evolution to the stage.
  5. Study of the development of ballet through 19th century Romantic
     era to the beginning of the 20th century.
  6. The rise of the Russian Ballet and its influence on ballet world
  7. Early modern dance in America and its influence on the dance of
     Europe and Russia.
  8. The era of collaboration:  art, music, and dance in the early 20th
  9. Modern Dance in America and its comparison to the classical forms.
D. Contemporary dance forms: jazz, tap, folk, ballroom, and their origins
   in older forms.

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1. Keep a journal of notes and comments on outside assigned readings.
2. Viewing and critiques of several live or taped performances.
3. Written reports on historical background during study of any given
  dance era.
4. Final Research Paper.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 40%
Written homework, Term papers, CRITIQUE TAPED PERFORMANCES
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 40%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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DANCE AS A THEATER ART, by Selma Jean Cohen, 1974
THE DANCE MAKER, by Elinor Rogosin, 1980
ORCHESOGROPHY, by Thoinot Arbeau, 1986

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