Below is a list of course descriptions for the Master’s Degree in Performance Studies.
600. Graduate Scholarship in Performance Studies (3-0). Credit 3. Overview of history, key issues, and major arguments in performance studies. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MA in Performance Studies or permission of instructor.
601. Theories of Performance Studies (3 credits) Overview of major theories of performance studies and related disciplines; also includes major critical and cultural theories that contribute to the field. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MA in Performance Studies or permission of instructor.
602. Research Methods in Performance Studies (3 credits) Examination and assessment of primary research methods in Performance Studies; emphasis on post-positivist methods; includes examination of ethical imperatives in research. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MA in Performance Studies or permission of instructor.
603. Performance, Power, and Identity (3 credits) Issues in, and production of, power and identity in expressive culture, examines how forms of power and varieties of social identity shape, and are shaped by, performance. Prerequisite(s): PERF 600 or permission of instructor.
604. Performing Vernacular Culture (3 credits) Examines populist and counter-traditions in expressive culture; emphasis on contemporary cultures of performance and/as practices of everyday life. Prerequisite(s): PERF 600 or permission of instructor.
605. Globalization and Performance (3 credits) Examines expressive cultures in global contexts; theoretical and methodological approaches to globalization and/in performance. Prerequisite(s): PERF 600 or permission of instructor.
606. Performing Gender and Sexuality through Music (3 credits) Examines how gendered and sexual identities are explored and contested through musical performance.
607. Performance and Technology (3 credits) Exploration of the intersection of performance and technology; special emphasis on the impact of technology on aesthetics, social and political formations, and the body.
608. Performance and the Art of Government (3 credits) Examination of performance in political processes and institutions; using the tools of performance studies to analyze and interpret the work of states and governments.
610. Graduate Studies in Dance Research (3 credits) Examines key theoretical and methodological issues in dance studies from a performance studies perspective.
611. Religions, Spiritualities, and Performance (3 credits) Examines the intricate relationship between religious traditions and performance. Focus on contemporary religious movements.
613. Performing Texas (3 credits) Explores “Texas” as a set of complex performances that construct specific identities and communities.
614. Soundscapes (3 credits) Explores sound in social life; sound as performative of identity; sound performance.
615. Spectacle, Performance, and Politics (3 credits) Interdisciplinary and international exploration of spectacle as political performance.
620. Critical Ethnographic Methods in Performance Studies (3 credits) Critical methods in performance ethnography; emphasis on political dimensions of field encounter. May be taken two times credit. Prerequisite(s): PERF 600, 602.
621. Graduate Studies in Popular Music Research (3 credits) Examination of context, politics, and political economy of specific popular music forms.
622. Performance and the Construction of American Identity (3 credits) Role of performance in construction of national identity; special emphasis on post-Civil War US. Prerequisite(s): PERF 600, 601, 602, or permission of instructor.
623. Phenomenology and Music (3 credits) Theoretical and methodological potentials of phenomenology in analyses of music; special emphasis on use of phenomenology to examine multiple aspects of music production, including embodiment.
625. Latino/a Expressive Culture (3 credits) Explores how issues concerning Latinos, including race and ethnicity, religion, border politics, immigration, the drug war, family, gender and sexuality, and class, are reflected and debated through expressive forms of performance such as theater, comedy music, folklore and performance art.
682. Performing Gender on the US Stage (3 credits) Course focuses on representative plays and performers 18th-21st centuries to examine portrayals of US gender and sexuality.