module specification

AV4F56 - African and Caribbean Dance Technique 2 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title African and Caribbean Dance Technique 2
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 150
75 hours Guided independent study
75 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 60%   Presentation of practical work-African and Caribbean
Coursework 40%   Reflective Essay on practical dance work. 1,000 words
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module continues to focus on the grounding, body placement and cultural relevance of the dances through practical dance classes. Providing a greater understanding of the form the sessions will involve a more detailed development of the dances including nuances and rhythmic sensibilities.

Prior learning requirements

African and Caribbean Dance Technique 1 or APL

Module aims

This module aims for the student to:
• Gain a greater understanding of the principles and elements of selected African and Caribbean dances and the importance of their background/traditional settings.
• Reflect and evaluate own work with awareness of strengths and weakness.
• Be able to apply the necessary movement & rhythmic skills required to clearly interpret the dances.
• Develop body awareness and the ability to perform with confidence material influenced by African and Caribbean dance forms. 
• Acquire an understanding of the grounding and placement necessary by undertaking regular classes in African and Caribbean dance.


Study through this module will have a greater focus on grounding, energy and nuances required that determine the language and physical expression of the dances. Continued practice of counter rhythms and polyrhythms as well as social and cultural settings will continue to support the development of the students. Self-assessment and the development of body awareness will be encouraged. Set classroom studies in the dance forms will be used to gauge analytical and practical understanding. The work will be supported by an essay that analyses own progress in relationship to the module content.

Learning and teaching

Concentrated practical sessions to develop movement patterns, dance components and rhythmic features. Studio work paying particular attention to nuances, movement quality and rhythmic skills. Books, videos, films, lectures, master classes and field trips will provide sources reference to strengthen learning and support student’s research. There are opportunities for students to independently rehearse work in the studio with associated lecturers during the week, where they are also able to view their progress through video recordings, which will be posted on the College Moodle system for independent and studio usage.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will demonstrate the ability to:
• Through practical classes select and describe two African and two Caribbean dances drawing on information from class, observation and research.
• Perform with confidence material influenced by the dance forms individually and as part of a group.
• Understand the demands and function of African and Caribbean dance forms demonstrating knowledge of the counter rhythms and polyrhythm in the way the body works.
• Compile a detailed essay evaluating self progress

Assessment strategy

1. Presentation of practical assignments demonstrating further development of skills from semester 1. Students will be assessed on a greater understanding of grounding, energy and nuances that determine the movement language and physical expression. Group work, peer and self- evaluation will be assessed alongside observation of continued practice of counter and polyrhythm. Through presentation focus will be on articulation of movement, strength, stamina, directions, pathways, special awareness and performance quality. Week 12 60%

2. Course work will include an oral evaluation of personal development in relation to practical assessment. A 1,000 word written evaluation highlighting areas of self- development including classroom dynamics and performance skills. Week 13 40%


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