I don't like the stiff air atmosphere of it or the fact things happen so fast and so seriously between practical strangers.So all in all, I'm in favour of normal, natural interaction between people.
I can't really accept the idea that it has to be one or the other.So, courtship includes dating but dating is just one, fast, uncertain form of courtship. It's not a formula, it's an attempt to investigate someone while being investigated.Look for contexts that can tell you how a person relates to others, especially intimates, what the person's longest-standing friends think of him/her, how he/she works in a team and what deferred gratification does to his/her moods/ temper. That's what I would do if I were looking to get married. All I like about dating or courtship is the first few hours with someone, before an actual date is even happening.Near-stranger marriage was usually unhappy, a result of men moving west before women did (by and large) and neither then knowing anyone to marry.People put personal ads in papers and got engaged by post.
So people in the lower and then the middle classes started trying a kind of accelerated, lone courtship.