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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL1282 Drama: Reading and Interpretation

20 creditsClass Size: 172

Module manager: Dr Lourdes Orozco

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Grade B at 'A' Level in English Language or Literature or equivalent.

Module replaces

ENGL1180 and ENGL1281

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to read dramatic texts with an awareness of historical, social and intellectual contexts. They will have developed the fundamental critical skills and terminologies required to produce close textual readings of drama and be familiar with a range of critical and theoretical approaches to dramatic works, and to literature and culture more generally.

Learning outcomes
In terms of Academic Excellence this module develops critical thinking, flexibility of thought and analytical skills. It supports and develops the ability to work autonomously, initiative, planning and organisational skills. Students will learn to analyse information, synthesise views and make connections; students will be critically aware of, and be informed by, current knowledge; and will develop research skills. In short:

- Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
- Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
- Critical reasoning.
- Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
- IT skills.
- Time management and organisational skills.
- Independent learning.

Skills outcomes
- skills for effective communication, written and oral;
- capacity to analyse and examine critically diverse forms of dramatic works;
- structured and systematic organisation of complex thought;
- capacity for independent thought and judgement;
- critical reasoning; study and research skills;
- competence with on-line and digital resources;
- self-directed learning; time-management and organisational skills.


This module aims to give you a solid foundation for the study of drama at university level through the analysis of a number of distinctive play texts. You will have the opportunity to explore, in depth, plays from a range of historical periods, and you will be introduced to the critical skills required for the study of dramatic works. This module enables you to examine and understand genre and form: you will study tragedy, comedy, and satire. You will have the opportunity to read play texts and to think about them as performance, as well as studying metatheatre. The texts will be introduced individually and examined in relation to their critical, intellectual, historical, linguistic and social contexts. The texts are drawn from a variety of cultures and historical periods and demonstrate the cosmopolitan dimension of the development of theatre in English.

Students following the English Literature and Theatre Studies programme will have the opportunity to study these texts in practical workshops considering dramaturgy, scenography and other technical aspects.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Seminar preparation, reading, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Seminar participation.
- Feedback on Close Reading assignment.
- Feedback on essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment1000 word close reading. As their close reading exercise, students following the English Literature and Theatre Studies programme will be required to write a 1000 word reflective and critical appraisal of one of the workshops held in weeks 3, 4 and 5.15.00
Essay2,000 words35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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