Module Identifier PF20110  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Mike Pearson  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr Thomas Owen  
Pre-Requisite DR10320  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours  
  Seminar   3 Hours  
Assessment Essay   2,500 word written essay    
  Group project   Half-hour practical examination of group project (20 minute presentation, 10 minutes question/answer)    

General description

The aim of this module is:
to provide a non-chronological and non-canonical approach to the identification and description of performance behaviours, practices and genres, and to performance-like activities
to identify a number of contexts in which various types of performance may be negotiated; and the social, cultural and environmental implications of those contexts on the nature, form, function and placement of performance
to examine these contexts in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner, drawing from the fields of history, anthropology, human geography, sociology, politics, rhetoric and aesthetics

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of the module, the student will be able:
to demonstrate an intelligent awareness of the repercussions of social and cultural context upon the form and function of performance
to formulate and employ personal research strategies in the examination of the relationship between a specific context and performance practice
to analyse reflexively - and to rework performatively - personal intellectual argument
to realise academic argument through performative procedures, requiring communication and oral presentation skills; and to employ personal performative practices in academic presentation


The lectures concentrate upon definitions of performance as an aesthetic event and provide a series of oblique approaches for its analysis through the use of video and mult-media.

The seminars allow for further reflection upon key notions introduced in lectuers and upon the implication for the development of the assessment assignments.

Reading Lists
Students will be expected to purchase a specially produced reader..