Programme structure

Choreomundus is a two-year full time programme taught over four semesters at the four partner universities: University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA, coordinator), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Szeged (SZTE), and University of Roehampton, London (URL). The main teaching language is English with courses available in the local languages. Students who successfully complete the programme gain 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). They will be awarded a Masters degree with diploma supplement. 

Choreomundus is an integrated joint European programme, promoted and taylor-made by the four partner universities. All four institutions, therefore, take full responsibility for the whole programme and not just the section they deliver.

Programme content

During the course of study, students are introduced to theoretical, epistemological and methodological issues concerning the concept of Dance Heritage, with a focus on ethnographic material drawn from the field experiences of the four team leaders. These include examples from the Nordic countries, from Eastern and Western Europe, from South Asia and Africa. Further examples will be provided by visiting scholars. The programme is committed to both movement and contextual analyses and has been designed to provide all students with a common scientific training to equip them with the intellectual tools necessary to analyse dance cross-culturally and to deal with dance as Intangible Cultural Heritage in diverse professional contexts. Fieldwork is an important feature, and brief field trips are undertaken in all four countries to allow students to engage fully with a number of European cultures. Moreover, an intensive period of fieldwork during the summer between year 1 and 2, in a country of the student's choice, apart from the student's residence or home country, is a prelude to the dissertation/thesis and a prerequisite to the successful completion of the Masters degree.

Programme map and mobility of students

The Choreomundus Mobility map indicates the structure and flow of the programme of study.

Year 1 – Introduction: all students follow induction and a short intensive course in Clermont-Ferrand. Students are then divided for the rest of the academic year into two groups: one in Trondheim and another in Szeged.

Year 1 – Semester 1: After a short Introduction to Ethnochoreology and the Anthropology of dance  students will be introduced to the history and heritage of European dance in either one of two contexts (Central European or Nordic). Moreover, introductory courses to fieldwork will be given to prepare them for individual research in the summer before year two. 

Year 1 – Semester 2: By the beginning of the second semester students will have chosen the topic for their dissertation/thesis. Intensive courses in dance notation and dance analysis, including motion capture, will assist them in acquiring skills in detailed movement analysis necessary for fieldwork. They will undertake an internship either in the field or in an institutional framework during the period at the end of semester 2 and beginning of semester 3.

Year 2 – Semester 1: In the second academic year, all students go to UCA Clermont-Ferrand for their third semester of the study. The focus here will be on critical issues related to Intangible Cultural Heritage, safeguarding, archiving and digitisation.  During this second year of study the focus shifts from an ethnochoreological to an anthropological perspective, in which a reflexive approach is applied to the analysis of ethnographic and other material collected during the intership/fieldwork. 

Year 2 – Semester 2: For the fourth and final semester of the programme, students will go to URL London.  Courses will focus on anthropological analyses of dance in the contemporary context of post-colonialism, globalisation, transnationalism, and multiculturalism. Students will finalise the process of writing up their Master's dissertation/thesis, which they shall submit by the end of the academic year.

 

Programme content

Labanotation (Intensive Programme 2 SZTE) (All students) 5 ECTSI. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Semesters 1 & 2

  • Introduction to Ethnochoreology and the Anthropology of Dance (Intensive Programme 1 UCA)   (All students) 5 ECTS
  • Dance History and Heritage in Nordic Spaces (Group 1)  10 ECTS
  • Fieldwork, Archiving and Digitisation (Group 1)  15 ECTS
  • Dance Analysis (Intensive Programme 2 NTNU) (All students) 15 ECTS
  • Labanotation (Intensive Programme 3 SZTE) (All students) 5 ECTS
  • Dissertation 1: Analysing Dance  (Group 1) 10 ECTS                                        

II. University of Szeged (SZTE)

Semesters 1 & 2

  • Introduction to Ethnochoreology and the Anthropology of Dance (Intensive Programme 1 UCA)  (All students)  5 ECTS
  • European Dance History and Individual Creativity (Group 2)    10 ECTS
  • Ethnographic Research Methodology and Archiving (Group 2)   15 ECTS
  • Dance Analysis (Intensive Programme 2 NTNU) (All students)   15 ECTS
  • Labanotation (Intensive Programme 3 SZTE) (All students) 5 ECTS
  • Dissertation 1: Conceptual and Methodological Issues for Fieldwork (Group 2)    10 ECTS

III. University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA)

Semester 3

  • Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Age of Digitisation (All students) 15 ECTS:
     a. Critical Perspectives on ICH
     b. Structuring Knowledge in the Digital Age
     c. Ritual, Dance and Performance

  • Anthropology of Dance: Concepts and Methods (All students)  15 ECTS:

                a. Corporeal Experience and its Modes of Transmission
                b. From Field to Text
                c. Ethnography and Interpretation
                d. Dissertation 2

IV. University of Roehampton, London (URL)

Semester 4

  • The Performance of Heritage: Dance in Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites (All students)  10 ECTS
  • Elective (one of two):
    • People Moving, People Dancing   10 ECTS
    • Classicism and Power   10 ECTS
  • Dissertation 3 : Extended Essay (All students)    10 ECTS