General Course Information for ART400: Expressive and Integrative Art

Course: ART400 - Expressive and Integrative Art
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Course Description: Prepares students to integrate the arts into daily instruction in grade K-8. Emphasis is on recognition of cultural diversity through activities in the arts. Provides basic knowledge of content areas for planning appropriate cross-curricular activities.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the overlaps and points of connections across the strands.
  • Identify and explain styles of dance and theater from a variety of times, places, and cultures.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of dance and theater terminology as found in the CA Standards in the Arts at K-2, 3-5, 6-8 grade levels.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the CA standards in music and visual arts.
  • Demonstrate a fluency in acting, directing, stage design, and scriptwriting (plot and action).
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of resources in the visual and expressive arts that can be used to enrich classroom experiences at each of the grade level clusters.
  • Create artistic and expressive activities that reinforce learning in academic subjects.
  • Integrate expressive activities with physical education curriculum.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse populations in typical classrooms and knowledge of their customs and celebrations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of teaching and management strategies, both teacher-directed and student-centered .
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Concentration in the Arts
    • Demonstrate an understanding of theory and the practice of teaching content in elementary education.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of arts appropriate for elementary education.
    • Explain the integration of knowledge across disciplines in a cultural and global context
    • Demonstrate a deep and flexible understanding of subject matter.
    • Explain the integration of knowledge in a global contact and engage in collaborative research across disciplines.
    • Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world view.
    • Use information communications technology for knowledge sharing and the interdisciplinary approach.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures