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Randi Marie Courtmanch
B CUSP 117
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: W.

Class description

Experiencing Performance: from spoken word to performance art

In this class we will be exploring different types of performance as it relates to the development and presentation of research. Through readings, experiential activities, guest workshops, screenings and off-campus outings we will learn about different modes of contemporary performance ranging from spoken word, performance art, modern dance, and community-based performance. We will then use these modes as forms of investigation and research in the creation of original performance material to be shared with the class. Students will be expected to work collaboratively and independently in exploring these diverse modes of performance as well as reflect on their learning and personal exploration. Additionally, students will be expected to see at least one performance outside of class over the quarter to be mutually determined by professor and student.

Student learning goals

Utilize performance concepts as a means of expression, research, and problem solving

Work collaboratively and independently in conceptualizing and creating performance-based work

Articulate multiple meanings of performance and how it can be understand in a variety of contexts

Use reflective writing and dialogue to further a deep understanding of experience and process in terms of performance making and dissemination

Understand and develop a personal process for performance as a form of research

General method of instruction

This class will be comprised of lectures, readings, in-class discussions, performance and experiential exercises and artist screenings.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Randi Marie Courtmanch
Date: 10/12/2012