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Performance Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics 2

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Master’s in dance

Brief course description

The course illuminates select topics and problems within performing practices and contemporary philosophical thinking. The focus is on a critical investigation of the concepts and analyses that art draws on within the Western heritage of humanism, aesthetics, cultural studies and social sciences. The course also addresses critical race theory, intersectionality, postcolonial studies, queer theory and other relevant perspectives that reflect the students’ specific interests.

In semester 3 (year 2), the course focuses on

  • contemporary discussions within the arts and culture

The course provides an introduction to and experience with various approaches to writing that may include academic essays, project descriptions, reflections and the like

The course’s learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students shall

  • have knowledge of contemporary topics in the arts and culture
  • be able to argue for various positions within the contemporary field of the performing arts, and relate critically to various sources of information
  • be able to independently contextualise, situate and discuss others’ performances and their own work in the light of current discourses

Teaching and learning methods

The course’s working methods will consist of teacher-led instruction, supervision and independent work/independent study. Teacher-led instruction will primarily take place as lectures, seminars and textual analysis. The teacher determines the syllabus for each of the two academic years in accordance with an assessment of the cohort’s priorities and their academic progression.

The teaching negotiates with the group’s composition and other salient factors. Dialogue and discussion of key problems related to important topics and professions will be central.

In addition to teacher-led instruction, students are expected to read a selection of articles and books as preparation for lectures and as part of written assignments. The students will be actively engaged in current theoretical research, and they will expand and develop their knowledge of and familiarity with specialised literature. The students submit an essay on a self-chosen topic and literature approved by the teacher.

The course requirements are

  • mandatory attendance and active participation in the course
  • completed reading
  • submission of written assignments/works


All course requirements must be approved in order for a student to receive a final course assessment. Written assignments/works will be assessed by the teacher and be seen in relation to the course’s learning outcomes. The course is graded pass/fail.