Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Dramaturgies of the Everyday
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 4 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 10 x 3 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Essay (3,000 words)  50%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Solo Presentation  (performative presentation 15-20 minutes) that may include live and/or mediated elements. On a theme, practice or genre introduced in the module, demonstrating an understanding of precepts of performance.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Essay to new title  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Presentation  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an advanced critical awareness of the nature of performance as social, cultural, political and aesthetic practice.

2. Evaluate complex conceptual differences of selected performance modes and genres.

3. Articulate mastery of a particular range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of performance.

4. Analyse and discuss ritual structures, play and framings of performance.

5. Demonstrate a high level of understanding and achievement in the employment of performative means in the live exposition of intellectual material.

Brief description

This module examines interdisciplinary approaches to performance studies and enables students to critically analyse how an understanding of performance in everyday life and in culture gives a context for the study of performance in theatre.
The module aims to offer an introduction to ways of examining, reflecting on, and critically evaluating the phenomenon of performance in a highly technologised and globalised world.


Course Delivery:

Lectures: 10 x 3 hour Interactive Lecture/Seminars
Seminars/Tutorials: 4 x 1 hour Supplementary Assessment Seminars

Module content is expected to include origins and definitions of performance; theoretical, critical and analytical approaches to the study of performance in the everyday; aesthetic, philosophical and political understandings of theatricality and performativity; analyses of structure and composition (dramaturgical approaches to social and cultural performance); exposition and documentation. Content may be adjusted to capitalize upon the specific expertise of those delivering the module.

Indicative sessions might include:

1. Origins of performance: play, ritual and proto-theatre

2. Everyday performances: life as drama

3. Theatricality in theatre and society

4. Performance in social space: dramaturgy and architecture

5. The aesthetics and politics of framing

6. Speech Acts, citationality and repetition

7. Gender performativity and the body in performance

8. Performance, identity and subject construction

9. Intercultural performance and the theatricalisation of otherness

10. Composition: the appearance of the everyday in contemporary performance

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is developed and assessed.
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.
Information Technology The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignments is assessed directly.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing assessment projects) are developed and assessed directly
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed.
Research skills Independent research and the development of effective personal research practices are encouraged and assessed.
Subject Specific Skills The ability to employ mediated means in the exposition of intellectual material within an academic context. The ability to employ a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of relationships between performance and the everyday
Team work Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity, such as negotiating ideas and opinions. Students work in collaboration with others on the formulation and implementation of practical research.


This module is at CQFW Level 7