Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Theatre, Gender and Sexuality
Academic Year
Semester 2
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Essay (2500 words)  60%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Group presentation/performed essay  40%
Supplementary Assessment 2500-word Essay (to a new title)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation Plan and Documentation  40%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the social, cultural and aesthetic perspectives of gender representations in theatre and performance.
2. evaluate and respond to a range of gender discourses in theatre and theory, using a critical and analytical vocabulary.
3. co-operate as part of a group in offering a performative exploration of a chosen topic relating to course material.


This restructured module will be offered as part of a suite of Year 3, 20-credit critical practice options in the Department's revised Part 2 provision. It may be taken by students registered for any of the Theatre Curriculum Group schemes depending on the specification of their degree scheme pathway.

Brief description

This module will develop students' critical understanding and creative engagement with gender representations in theatre and introduce them to key issues of gender theory through a detailed study of a selection of dramatic and performance texts from Shakespeare to the 21st century.


1. Introduction to Gender Studies in Theatre and Performance
2. Images of Women in Theatre/History
3. Eroticism, Sexuality and Theatre
4. Feminism 1: Liberal and Socialist Feminism
5. Feminism 2: Radical Feminism and the Pornography Debate
6. Staging Masculinities
7. Explicit bodies in performance
8. Gay and Lesbian Theatre
9. Gender Trouble? Gender Trouble: Judith Butler and Gender Performativity
10. Workshop on cross-dressing

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This element is not assessed.
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written and oral form is assessed directly through Assessment 1 and 2.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments. These skills are directly assessed through Assessments 2 and 3.
Information Technology The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignments is assessed directly in Assessments 1 and 2.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing research project) are developed through the completion of assessment tasks 1, 2 and 3. Career's awareness does not of itself constitute an assessed element of this module, however.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed.
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through Assessments 1 and 2.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Effective group work through negotiating ideas and opinions is addressed through the seminars. Seminar discussion demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity. These skills are directly assessed through Assessment 3.


This module is at CQFW Level 6