Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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


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:

To show an analytical understanding of a range of dramatic texts and production issues

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

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


This resturctured module will be offered as part of a suite of Year 2, 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 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 studetns will be encouraged to develop original ideas about teh specifically theatrical dimensions and demands of the texts under review


The series of lectures and associated seminars will focus on the following content:

1. Women and Violence: The Love of the Nightingale (1988), Random (2008)
2. Satiric Anatomies (1) Britain: Singer (1989)
3. The tragedy of manners: Closer (1997)
4. Escaping the Self?: Crave (1998), 4.48 Psychosis (2000)
5. Satiric Anatomies (2): Ireland: The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001)
6. Irish developments of the dramatic monologue: Port Authority (2001), Howie the Rookie (1999)
7. Satiric Anatomies (3): Globalization: Attempts on her Life (1997)
8. Magical Realism: Gas Station Angel (1988), The Wonderful World of Dissocia (2004)
9. Catastrophic Bodies and Landscapes: I Saw Myself (2008) and Found in the Ground (2009)
10. English Dystopias: Jerusalem (2009), Merlin Unchained (2009)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not developed
Communication Students 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 identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module
Research skills Appropriate personal research and teh development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through both Assessments
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007). The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed: 1. Describing, theorising, interpreting and evaluating performance texts and performance events from a range of critical perspectives 2. Developing skills of observation and visual, aural and spatial awareness 3. Considering theories of spectatorship and developing an awareness of the audience or client group for performance and an ability to respond and adapt to it through flexible means 4. Engage in research, whether independent, group or performance-based 5. Identifying and interpreting the cultural frameworks which surround performance events and on which these events impinge, and taking these into account in creating and/or interpreting performances 6. Making records of performance, using skills in notation and/or documentation
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