Co-Taught Courses

The Center for the Arts has developed two models for pedagogical collaboration between artists and non-artists. A co-taught course extends over an entire semester. An artist and non-artist jointly prepare a syllabus and share time within the classroom to teach the subject matter. They share research methods and tools, while at the same time affording students the opportunity to witness the disciplines in dialogue. Non-arts faculty might take a course that they regularly teach and restructure it with a performing arts faculty member, or the two faculty members can co-create an entirely new course. 

The intellectual material is taught from two perspectives without one being in service to the other, thus allowing students to experience multiple perspectives simultaneously. Students are also afforded the opportunity to experience the research methods of the artist in a non-arts setting and gain an appreciation of the arts as a valid means of investigating and understanding subject matter. The artists are introduced to new research partners, the non-arts faculty members gain skills they can use in approaching course material, and students who might not otherwise engage with an artist see the arts as a means of exploring a subject in new ways. For the faculty artists who participate, it becomes a way to begin a research collaboration across disciplinary boundaries that can lead to future projects with non-arts faculty colleagues. Co-taught courses link the arts with other disciplines to integrate experience and reflection, bring theory and practice together, and provide more holistic learning opportunities.

While many courses at Wesleyan could be considered co-taught, the courses listed below were developed in collaboration with the CFA's Creative Campus Initiative.

Spring 2008

f2f-iconBIOL/DANC/E&ES 109: Feet to the Fire: The Science and Art of Global Warming

Instructors: Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Ann M. Carlson, Choreographer and Dancer

Spring 2009

f2f-iconBIOL 306: Tropical Ecology & the Environment

Instructors: Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Liz Lerman, Matt Mahaney, and Cassie Meador of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

HIST 381: Japan and the Atomic Bomb

Instructors: Bill Johnston, professor of Japanese history, and Eiko Otake, Eiko Otake, Choreographer, Dancer, and Center for Creative Research Fellow

Spring 2010

MB&B/DANC 108: Body Language: Choreographing Biology

Instructors: Manju Hingorani, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Katja Kolcio, Associate Professor of Dance

Fall 2010

f2f-iconENVS/DANC 346: Ecology of Eating: Reporting from the Fields of Science and Art

Instructors: Cassie Meador, Choreographer and Dancer of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (primary teacher), Courtney Fullilove, Assistant Professor of History, Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies, and John Finn, Professor of Government

GOVT 304: Environmental Politics & Democratization

Instructors: Mary Alice Haddad, Assistant Professor of Government, and Cassie Meador, Choreographer of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

Spring 2011

DANC 245: Ways of Knowing: The Use of Creative Research and Artmaking Practices

Instructors: Liz Lerman, Choreographer and Dancer of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (primary teacher), Bill Herbst, Professor of Astronomy, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Religion, and Brian Stewart, Associate Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies

Summer 2011

f2f-iconENVS/THEA 380: The Deepwater Horizon Tragedy: A Scientific and Artistic Inquiry

Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Leigh Fondakowski, Playwright

Fall 2011

ANTH 289: Ritual, Health, and Healing

Instructors: Assistant Professor Gillian Goslinga and Jill Sigman, Founder and Creative Director of jill sigman/thinkdance

Spring 2012

DANC 244: Delicious Movement for Reflecting on Nakedness

Instructor: Eiko Otake, Choreographer and Dancer

Spring 2013

DANC 224: Delicious Movement for Reflecting on Nakedness

Instructors: Eiko Otake, Choreographer, Dancer, and Creative Campus Fellow

f2f-iconENVS 331: Perspectives on Mountain Top Removal: Origins, Techniques, and Impacts

Instructors: Professor William Johnston, Eiko Otake, Choreographer, Dancer, and Creative Campus Fellow, and Jill Sigman, Founder and Creative Director of jill sigman/thinkdance, Creative Campus Fellow

Fall 2013

DANC/AFAM/AMST 374: Blood, Muscle, Bone: The Anatomy of Wealth and Poverty

Instructors: Liz Lerman, Creative Campus Fellow, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founder of Urban Bush Women

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