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GENERAL EDUCATION

GNED-210
General Education Area 1 Topic (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special topics offered periodically for General Education credit in Foundational Area 1.

GNED-210
001
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 1 Topic (3)

History, Art and Society through the Eyes of Stephen Sondheim

Through listening to and exploring the musicals of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, students in this course examine and discuss topics as close to home as the American dream and as far afield as Japanese Noh theater. Through basic study of the music and use of recorded materials, students look at Sondheim's evolution as a lyricist, composer, and dramatist from his earliest work with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and composers Leonard Bernstein and Jule Styne, to his more recent endeavors such as Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods.

GNED-210
002
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 1 Topic (3)

The Artist's Perspective: Performance Art

This course investigates the formal and social aspects of the performance art medium. Students are introduced to the formal devices at work in the specialization that connect it to traditional media, as well as its unique components that also extend into theater, music, social challenge, experimentation, and documentation. Concepts are explored through a technical understanding of performative techniques, social organization, assignments that develop a formal and social understanding of the performance medium, as well as documentation and recordation.

GNED-210
003
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 1 Topic (3)

Theater as Protest

Artists frequently use their art to express ideas that are revolutionary, provocative, catalysts for change and even dangerous, often as swords and sometimes as balm. This course explores various manifestations of that perspective through reading and analyzing modern/contemporary plays and interaction with professionals in the field. Students view excerpts of recorded productions and attend selected relevant professional productions in Washington, D.C. that wrestle with difficult and significant issues in various cultures. Students also interview playwrights, authors, and individuals connected with theatre as protest. Assigned readings include book excerpts and articles that provide a context for the course, as well as those that correlate to the given play text and the life and times of a given playwright. The course is divided into units focusing on oppression that stems from race, class, gender, and political/social issues. Open only to students in the University College Collaborative.