|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 2500 Words||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Project Proposal 2500 Words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay 2500 Words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Project Proposal 2500 Words||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an awareness of the different ways in which theatre manifests social debate.
Demonstrate an ability to summarise and synthesise multiple critical texts, and be able to evaluate their application to creative practises.
Demonstrate an awareness of the political implications of analytical positions in relation to performance practice.
Demonstrate an understanding of the various interpretations and descriptions of society, as defined by both performance and theoretical texts.
This is a course of directed readings and weekly discussions, focusing on texts by both performance as well as cultural scholars in order to look at a breadth of contemporary performance practices. By considering a different thematic topic each week, the module will examine the various ways in which theatre exists in relation to wider society, and how performance practices can reflect, illuminate, and also critique those relationships.
This restructured 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.
Lecture: 10 x 1 hour per week
Seminars: 10 x 2 hour per week
Indicative Course Content:
Week One: Introduction: People, Places, and Things
Part One: PEOPLE
Week Two: The Amateur
Week Three: The Gendered Body
Week Four: The Racial Body
Part Two: PLACES
Week Five: Nation
Week Six: Borders
Week Seven: Environment and Ecology
Part Three: THINGS
Week Eight: Trauma
Week Nine: Agency
Week Ten: Hope and Utopias
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||This element is not assessed|
|Communication||The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written form is directly assessed. The work done in seminars develops oral communication skills although this is not directly 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. These skills are directly assessed through all assignments|
|Information Technology||The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignment is assessed directly in Assessments 1 and 2|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realising research project) are developed through the completion of the assessment tasks. 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 both written assignments.|
|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. Engaging in research, whether independent, group or performance-based 4. 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. 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. Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5