Advanced Movement

Course Details

Course Number: THEA 3123  Section Number: 201

Spring 2012

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B117

Days & Times:

TR 9:30-11 a.m.



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Laura Jefferson   
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Course Objectives

To enhance your kinesthetic awareness through body mapping.

To self-assess and consequently enhance, enrich and improve your acting process.

To choose to make lifestyle changes in regards to nutrition and overall health and wellness.

To explore the benefits of yoga, Tai Chi and weight training for concentration and physical conditioning.

To explore the concepts in the Alexander Technique.

To explore the technique of advanced unarmed stage combat.


Course Expectations

BOOKS: Guided Lessons for Students of the Alexander Technique by Dawley, Schapera, Schapera, Body, Breath and Being by Carolyn Nicholls, and A Movement Approach to Acting by Nancy King

 

1.  JOURNAL:  I am tired of the one self-assessment tool available to you being done the night before it is due.  This is an example of end-gaining.  Does very little to help you self-assess or define your own process.  Therefore, the journals will be checked every day, or every other day or at my discretion.  You will receive participation points and it will be how I check roll.  I will also give you time at the end or of the class to write in your journal.  What used to be journal assignments will now be separate homework assignments, graded separately.  I strongly suggest you get a small binder and/or a spiral notebook to keep your handouts and your journal entries in.  You will need to put all your assignments in this journal also.  You will turn this in at the end of the semester.  Think of it as a movement stage manager’s promptbook on the production of YOU.  I will put holes in handouts so they may be put in a hard cover binder.

2. TESTS: On handouts, videos and class lectures. (120-130 points each)

3.  PRESENTATION: (120 points) You will be responsible for teaching a class.  The lesson may be further work in Feldenkrais, Alexander, yoga or tai chi introduced in class or any related movement/acting or physical activity that you would like to demonstrate and involve the class in.  For example:  Laban, Pilates, Zumba, Spinning, Ballroom dance, walking, weight training, turbo, tae bo, etc. You may use video to help you communicate ideas, but you may not bring a tape and pop it in and that’s the extent of your presentation. You will have 45 minutes to do your presentation. 

4.  The College of Health Sciences is having a Health Fair one day in April from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is usually a Friday.   You will be required to attend and complete a questionnaire and form I will supply you with at a later date.  (120 points)

5.  STAGE COMBAT SCENE:   Improvisational.  More advanced than Stage Movement class scene.  (120 points)

6.  WELLNESS CENTER CLASSES:  You are required to attend 12 wellness center classes.  MSU wellness center classes.  A spring schedule is attached. (120 points or 10 points each class.) You must keep the record (see attached) and have the instructor sign for the class. 


Grading Standards

See course requirements.


Final Exam5/8/2012  8 a.m.

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

---NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS ACCEPTED.  NO EXCEPTIONS.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

CLASS PARTICIPATION: For effective group and partner work to be done, you must come to class.  You receive 120 points for perfect attendance and 30 points deducted for each absence.  If you are absent the day a group project is due, you receive an F for that project unless you call me before class and bring a doctor’s excuse with you the first day back to class.  I will not accept a “message” from your roommate, friend or significant other.

---Bring your journal to every class meeting.  We will use it more than we did in other performance classes.   Bring handouts to every class meeting. 

 ---Dress appropriately in loose, comfortable clothing.  NO JEANS, NO SHORTS.  TENNIS SHOES REQUIRED.  PLEASE WEAR CLEAN SOCKS.  BOTH WOMEN AND MEN WILL WANT TO WEAR APPROPRIATE UNDERGARMENTS.  NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS, HOUSE SHOES OR SLIDES. 

---No food, gum or drinks allowed in class.  You may bring water in a closed container. 

---MORE THAN FOUR ABSENCES AND YOU ARE ASKED TO DROP THE CLASS.

 IF THE FINAL DAY TO DROP HAS PASSED, YOU WILL BE DROPPED AND A GRADE OF F WILL BE ASSIGNED FOR THE CLASS.  THE FINAL DAY TO DROP IS March 19 by 4:00 P.M

---YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND FINAL DAY.  WORK IS NOT AN EXCUSE.

THE FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD IS TUES. MAY 8 AT 8:00 a.m.


Other Policies

MSU Academic Dishonesty Policy:  Dishonest work on examinations is a serious offense as is plagiarism, the act of using source material of other persons (either published or unpublished) without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given.  Both offenses will not be tolerated by the university and appropriate disciplinary action will result.  Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Student’s Office.

---MSU Student Handbook

 

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.

 

Special needs statement: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.

 

Student-privacy statement:  Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student.  Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents.  Please do not have them call.  Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professor’s general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form.  College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.