WA2381-IN Arts for a Better Future (MayExt) (3 undergraduate credits)
In this undergrad course, students will learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The course provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyze the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; and integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles. This course is also available at the graduate level by registering for WA5381.
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WA3350-OL Conference Course on World Arts (TBA) (3 undergraduate credits)
Global gatherings with a focus on world arts and cross-cultural work provide an outstanding opportunity for connecting with new resources, new practitioners and scholars in the field, and new ideas to invigorate service. In this course, students will leverage their attendance at a conference into a learning experience, interacting with a community of fellow students as they begin to develop their abilities and plans for working with communities.
WA3380-IN Introduction to Ethnodoxology (MayExt) (3 undergraduate credits)
This is a foundational course introducing key principles of ethnodoxology that will help students serve worshipping communities more effectively, whether overseas or in multi-ethnic North American contexts. Students will experience a corpus of songs and other artistic liturgical expressions from around the world, developing a vision for multicultural worship. In addition, students will explore appropriate ways to incorporate these artistic expressions into the worship life of their communities.
This course is also available at the graduate level by registering for WA5380.
Registration for a workshop version (no credit) is available in partnership with the Global Ethnodoxology Network (GEN) – see here.
WA3386-OL World Arts Practicum (Spring/Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course entails acquiring the performance and artistic skills needed for cross-cultural participation in one of the artistic traditions of a community. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how to perform within the context of a chosen tradition, including researching this tradition and how it functions artistically and socially in its community. The choice of ethnic ensemble or mentoring relationships will vary depending upon the artistic tradition chosen for study and availability of local mentors.
Note: This course requires access to an internet connection capable of supporting Zoom class meetings that will be scheduled around students’ availability.
WA4382-SL Survey of World Arts (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course looks at various artistic traditions from communities around the world, showing how these artistic expressions perform important cultural functions and serve as markers of identity. The course uses experiential activities and media resources to expand the students’ appreciation of the complexity and significance of various world art traditions.
WA4387 Area Studies for World Arts (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
Through this course, students will develop preliminary skills for researching and analyzing artistic genres within their cultural context. Student research will focus on an ethnolinguistic group of the student’s choice, including diasporic groups.