201_syllabus - 1/30/2010 San Jos State University...

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1/30/2010 San José State University Television, Radio, Film, Theatre TA 201: Performance Theories, Section 01 Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. Alison L. McKee Office Location: HGH 220 Telephone: (408) 924-4535 I am best reached by email , not phone. Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mondays 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Wednesdays noon – 1p.m.; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. And by appointment Class Days/Time: Mondays 3:30 – 5:45 p.m. Classroom: HGH 114 Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging Copies of the syllabus, major assignments, and handouts may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You are also responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU. Make sure that you’re using a valid email address for MySJSU and an account that you check often. I can and do send emails to graduate students throughout the semester. Course Description This seminar will provide an introductory analysis and exploration of significant theories that address the values ascribed not only to the performing arts in different media but to the ontological difference of different media as well (e.g., theatre, film, television, the internet). It will also consider the ramifications of those differences upon the aesthetic, historical, and cultural constructions of meanings in performance. Throughout the term we will explore the intellectual and artistic conditions under which certain theories develop, a range of elements that establish the credibility and utility of a given theory (especially at a particular social or cultural moment in performance and media history), and the transdisciplinary, transcultural applicability of different theories. Thus, this class will also focus on the complexities of the processes of performance,
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1/30/2010 representation, and interpretation – the integral relationships among form, content, aesthetic sensibility, cultural milieu, reading strategies, and performance works themselves. The point of the seminar is not to determine which theory about a particular form is the "best” one, whether a theory is empirically” right” or “wrong.” Rather, it is to understand and appreciate what kinds of questions different theories address, how they come into being, and what they have to offer. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives This seminar is designed to address TA Student Learning Objectives 2, 3 and 4 in particular. 1. Learn research methods appropriate for answering questions and solving problems in the field. 2. Acquire skills in information gathering, data and text interpretation, performance in different media, and performance technologies. 3. Evaluate previous research, attitudes, and achievements in performing arts from a critical perspective. 4.
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