Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
TP20720
Module Title
Making Theatre Making History
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years
Pre-Requisite
Successful completion of Part 1

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Creative Portfolio (2,500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Fictional History Archive Assignment (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Creative Portfolio (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Fictional History Archive Assignment (2500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Articulate the relation between the disciplines of theatre and history in presentation and written form

Demonstrate an understanding of the set of practices and theories that constitute theatre history

Critically consider the politics surrounding the making of theatre history; understand the role of a range of theatrical elements in creating theatre history; develop independent research skills by identifying, accessing, and presenting relevant hisotrical research

Brief description

The course builds upon the broad historical approach to theatre that students encounter on core level one modules. These courses are necessarily of an introductory and survey nature, whereas this module adopts a tighter historical focus and addresses theatre historiography and methodologies for examining the role of theatre in history.

The course also studies the interaction of theatre with history in order to demonstrate how this contributes to understanding the discipline as a whole. It introduces students to some of the principal methodologies used by theatre theroists and historians, and it provides them with the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of core conceptual and critical approaches to theatre history. In specific terms, the course will focus on what we might call the 'theatres of the French revolution' - the intention being to show how theatre is an historical force in and by itself.

Content

1. Theatre histories and historiographies
2. Theatre and Revolutionary Conscioiusness: The French Revolution
3. Case Study: Beaumarchais and the Marriage of Figaro
4. Theatre of the French Revolution
5. The French Revolution as Theatre
6. Case Study: Revolution in the Theatre: Danton's Death
7. Reflections on French Revolution: Wrap up Session for Part One and Tutorials for essay
8. Archival Research, including visits to the Library, the National Library and Cavanagh Collection
9. Practising historiographical research (seminar and non-assessed presentation)
10. Practising historiographical research (seminar and non-assessed presentation

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number None
Communication Students' oral and written communication skills will be developed (e.g. appropriate language and style, accuracy, precision and ability to be concise); Opportunities will be given through interactive contact and discussion sessions for students to display confidence in using their speaking and listening skills when communicating their ideas
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to develop their skills of information location, bibliographic resources and interdisciplinary research methodology; Students will be given opportunity to expand on their effective note-taking skills; Studentw will develop the ability to analyse, interpret, evaluate and integrate knowledge and understanding gained from lectures, texts as well as performance analyses as to encourage new ideas
Information Technology Students will be given the opportunity to develop their authorial and note-taking skills during lecture-demonstrations and in preparation of the oral and written assignments; Students will be given opportunities to develop their skills using the CPR archive's audio-visual resources, electronic databases and retrieval of sources both on the web and on the UWS LIS; Students will develop their skills when referencing from the web and related sources, whilst the ability to evaluate (not describe) and ability to be selective in using these materials are also essential key skills; E-mail and Blackboard will be major forms of communication and information-sharing in this module and students will be given the assignment to actively engage in these processes by contributing their work to the online forum; The Department stipulates that students must present all of their written assignments in type-script and according to MLA-Style Guide. They must, therefore, acquire word-processing skills
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate current knowledge and skills and set targets for self-improvement; Students will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for managing their own learning; Students will be encouraged to build upon the knowledge gained from lectures through developing skills in self study (suppported by the general and specific reading lists and other resources distributed throughout the module)
Problem solving Problem identification and analysis, particularly when exploring problems relating to theatre hisotry and the varying theories and practices; Ability to choose from a variety of related source materials as well as organise and critically assess research material from an interdisciplinary perspective; Skill to evaluate methodological choices and approaches when using interdisciplinary sources
Research skills Students will be able to develop their skills of information location, bibliographic databases and interdisciplinary research methodology; Student will be given opportunity to expand on their effective note-taking skills; Student will develop the ability to analyse, interpret, evaluate and integrate knowledge and understanding gained from lectures, dramatic text as well as performance analysis as to encourage new ideas
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Team work will be developed in preparation for the oral report as well as through interactive lecture and seminar participation; Group/work and seminar collaboration will empower the student to develop their team-working and leadership skills

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5