DANS3009 - Dance, displacement, diaspora 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

 The module "Dance, displacement, diaspora I" which is run in parallel with "Dance, displacement, diaspora II" at the University of Szeged is envisaged as the contextual frame to interrogate issues of migration and heritage. This is an innovative part of Choreomundus 2020-2025 compared to Choreomundus 2012-2018 and 2017-2021. Registered separately in two partner universities for each group of students the course will be organised jointly for both groups sharing a virtual classroom and taught by all Choreomundus partner universities as well as Associated Partners. Our rationale for the course is the following: displaced people cannot take tangible heritage with themselves, they are forced to leave their homes, land etc. behind them. Yet wherever people move, either in refugee camps or in diaspora organisations, they find a way to re-invigorate their intangible heritage, as do those displaced and then returned to homeland. Memories, traditions, songs and dances do, however, travel, maintaining links to home and country of origin. In this new course we will focus on a range of case studies to address dancing communities in camps for displaced people, in diaspora or reconstituted localities. Moreover, the course problematises the ways in which contemporary performances of earlier dance forms are enacted and examines their contemporary transmission within global diasporas, thus questioning how heritage is continuously recreated  

Learning outcome

Students who successfully complete this module will have acquired:

  • An understanding of the fluidity of the concept of dance heritage
  • Tools for the study of global transmission processes
  • Theory on learning and transmission in the context of global migration
  • Principles in learning and teaching of movement material from recordings and in live situations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, teaching in virtual a classroom, seminars and supervised practical and methodological exercises in small groups.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attendance

Further on evaluation

- 50 %: oral which may include practical presentation - 50 %: essay 4.000 words (about 12 pages). Students are given a choice between an empirical essay based on actual fieldwork OR a theoretical/methodological essay based on online research. BOTH must be grounded in movement analysis. - Both parts must be passed the same semester. Individual parts are not graded, only an overall grade is provided. For the course to be passed, both exam parts have to be delivered on a level that is equivalent to passing grade. Resit of the exam must include both parts again.  

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage (MACHOREO)
Dance Studies (MDANS)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to Choreomundus or Nordic Master in Dance studies

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Dance Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





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