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The Dancer as Artist (DNCE10028)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeDNCE10028
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce students to ways of seeing, understanding, articulating and researching Dance and other art forms. Through 12 x 1 hour lectures and 12 x 2 hr tutorials, historical, political and social issues relating to dance and the arts in the 20th and 21st centuries will be discussed, positioning dance in a broader cultural context and within the history of arts practice, specifically from modernism through post modernism to current practice. Students will be challenged to discuss, develop, listen to and debate ideas, and encouraged to articulate their points of view through critical analysis and practical tasks.

Current issues including ‘live’ performance, artistic practice in the digital age and the role of the artist will be examined.

This subject includes an embedded program in academic literacy skills of analysis, discussion, essay writing, research and information retrieval.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand how to place their own practice within a wider context (historical political, social, aesthetic)
  • Discuss work in a constructive and informed manner
  • Listen and respond to the ideas of others without pre-judgment
  • Articulate a deeper appreciation of the work of a broad range of arts practitioners
  • Express an appreciation and understanding of the aspects of different artistic languages and the specific materials with which artists work
  • Articulate and express aspects and objectives of their own creative pathway
  • Demonstrate collaboration and team decision-making processes.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Participation and contribution in tutorials, including completion of the online library module.

Week 310%

Pecha Kucha Group Presentation. All members of the group will receive the same mark unless there is clear evidence of non-attendance or non-contribution.

  • 10 minutes
Week 630%

Pecha Kucha Group Documentation including bibliography . All members of the group will receive the same mark unless there is clear evidence of non-attendance or non-contribution.

  • 1200 words
Week 620%

Personal Response and evaluation of live contemporary performance work.

  • 600 words
Week 915%

Personal Response and comparative evaluation of extant contemporary works sourced on-line.

  • 600 words
Week 1115%


  • 500 words
End of semester10%
Hurdle requirement: Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes, complete an Online Library Training Module and submit for all assessment tasks to be eligible for a pass in this subject.Throughout the semesterN/A

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorNina Veretennikova
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours36
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

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Further information

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    Prescribed texts

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Last updated: 21 September 2019