Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 hour Lectures
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (2500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2500 words) - (to a new title)  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Show an analytical understanding of a range of dramatic texts and production issues

Organize informed and original arguments reflecting research and independent thought in the subject area of the course

Demonstrate an intelligent awareness of current debates about the social purpose and ramifications of drama in the period under review

Brief description

This module is the first of a series of modules within the revised Theatre curriculum which offers a detailed exploration of a selection of recent British drama texts, within a cultural and political context. Students will be given the opportunity to consider theatrical problems and consequences of previous and possible productions.

Through directed reading and weekly discussions students will be encouraged to develop original ideas about the specifically theatrical dimensions and demands of the texts under review.


The series of lectures and associated seminars will focus on the following content:
1. Bringing the War Back Home (1): Saint's Day (1951), Absolute Hell (1952)
2. Bringing the War Back Home (2): Sjt Musgrave's Dance (1959)
3. 'No Good Brave Causes Left': Look Back in Anger(1956), Plenty (1978)
4. The Waste Land: Endgame (1957)
5. The Territorial Imperative and the Regal Female (1): The Sport of My Mad Mother (1958)
6. The Territorial Imperative and the Regal Female (2): The Homecoming (1965)
7. Power, Humour and Sexuality (1): The Ruling Class (1968)
8. Power, Humour and Sexuality (2): Comedians (1975)
9. Power, Humour and Sexuality (3): Cloud 9 (1979)
10. Weapons of Empire: Lear (1971), The Romans In Britain (1980)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not developed
Communication Student will demonstrate oral communication skills in seminar sessions and gain experience in selecting and analysing material for written assessments. This is assessed directly through both Assessments
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 both Assessments
Information Technology The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of written assignments is assessed directly in both Assessments
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
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identificaton of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through both Assessments
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmakr Statement (Version 2007). The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed:
Team work Effective group work through negotiating ideas and opinions is addressed through the seminars and seminar presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 5