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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EXP 1018"
COURSE NAME: "Community Inclusion through Art and Movement"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Rosa Filardi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: F 9:00-1:00 PM [Course meets on: February 1, February 8, March 22 and March 29]
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 15
CREDITS: 1
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of techniques and methodologies for teaching and learning through non-verbal communication and bodily movement. While such skills are necessary for all human communication, they are particularly important in socio-humanitarian and helping relationships. The course is therefore geared towards students who intend to pursue a career working with facilitating the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups such as migrants, prison inmates and people with various disabilities.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Students will study theories and patterns for advancing learning and teaching through bodily mediation and expressive therapies, specifically of dancemovementtherapy, which originally developed in the United States and the United Kingdom and later spread to the rest of Europe. The course will also offer an experiential component in which students will participate in a workshop with "Compagnia della Mia Misura", a non-profit association whose mission is to foster social inclusion through art and dance. 
Grading: This course will be graded on a PASS/FAIL scale

Reserve readings from:

·       Chodorow, J. (1991) Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: The Moving Imagination, Routledge, 
         London and New York

·       Goleman, D. (1995) Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books, USA

·       Laban, R. (2011) The Mastery of Movement,  Dance Books Ltd., London

·       Lowen, A. (1971) The Language of the Body, McMillan, NewYork

·       Pallaro P. (ed) (1999) Authentic Movement. Essays by Mary Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow,
        Jessica Kingsley Publishers, USA
       
Videos:

·       Dancing with Maria, (on Maria Fux) by Ivan Gergolet, 2014

·       La città in gioco. A project by Rosa Filardi and Leonardo Gervasi (produced at the therapeutic community I Delfini,
        a residential neuropsychiatric service  for children and adolescents, Niguarda Ca'Grande Hospital, Milan, 2013)

·       Other possible videos, and material on line

 


 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

-Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of professional skills from an expert in body-mediated pedagogy

-Develop the ability to observe the non-verbal dimension in communicative and expressive processes

- Learn to know, recognize and value one's own and others’ resources as individuals by enhancing psycho-corporeal unity

-Develop in the student a civic sense of commitment and participation in the community at the service of those in need

-Cultivate a sense of social responsibility

-Develop and strengthen cooperation and teamwork

 

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Attendance 15%
Active participation and activities 30%
Short final paper engaging with course reading materials 25%
Oral presentations rsponding analytically to the pratical workshop experience  30%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

This is a preliminary schedule and may change

 Lesson 1
Body pedagogy and the language of movement
DancemovementTherapy : History and principles.

Lesson 2
Laban movement analysis: the four efforts. Theory and practice.

Lesson 3
Workshop with Compagnia della Mia Misura, a project of social inclusion through art and dance.

Lesson 4
Discussion of the experience with Compagnia della Mia Misura.

Oral presentions