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Honors in Practice, v13 p55-69 2017

Since spring 2012, the author has taught a 300-level Theatre and Human Rights class in the University of New Mexico Honors College. One of the centerpieces of honors education is careful research and thorough analysis of what is taught and why it is taught. In creating the honors class Theatre and Human Rights, the author explored how she would teach the course and the various components best suited to teaching this topic. After first considering the topic of human rights and its relevance to theatre in an honors context, she then considered the value of interdisciplinary teaching in such a course and what its impact could be on helping students understand human rights, specifically through the study of Athol Fugard's 1982 play "'Master Harold' . . . and the Boys." Considering the topic of theatre and human rights, its background, pedagogy, and philosophy may provide an example of the kind of work that goes into making honors education a distinct segment of higher education in North America today. In this article, the author discusses why a theatre course is one of the best approaches to discussing human rights and interdisciplinary teaching.

Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Honors Curriculum, Civil Rights, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts, Drama, Educational Philosophy, Higher Education, Relevance (Education), College Students, Course Descriptions

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Autor: Szasz, Maria


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