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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI2702 Researching Theatre and Performance

20 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Nicolas Salazar-Sutil

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores research methods in the fields of theatre and performance in the context of the cultural industries and in terms of the Research Skill Development Framework. It engages with a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, theories and research methods that represent both traditional and innovative practice. The objectives include the provision of a foundation through which undergraduate students can identify and critically evaluate research and research methods utilised in the disciplinary area and the heightening of awareness promotion of areas of individual interest. The module will support student learning in terms of the ways they explore, apply, analyse, evaluate and create knowledge.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Demonstrate understanding of research methodologies in the Arts and Humanities with particular attention to their use in theatre and performance;

Employ a range of methods of enquiry and analysis practiced in the disciplinary areas;

Critically utilise and evaluate different methods of enquiry and demonstrate the ability to critique research findings.

Learning outcomes
Understand and articulate key concepts that underpin research methodologies

Be conversant with a range of research methods in the Arts and Humanities and their appropriate application in research projects in theatre and performance.

Demonstrate versatility in questioning the ideas and outcomes of research and show facility in in the exploration of alternative perspectives.

Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse, synthesise and appraise outcomes by forming coherent argument

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to: Identify appropriate themes and potential questions for research;

negotiate and manage the development of a formal seminar presentation;

undertake an independent evaluation of a specified area of research;

utilise competencies gained during the module to contextualise and develop a feasible outline plan of research.


Students will undertake a programme of lectures and seminars, which will introduce various research methodologies. The purpose is to identify different perspectives in thinking about discipline identity and interdisciplinary explorations. Key areas of activity will include the analysis, synthesis, critique and presentation of research findings. The Seminar Series will help students to explore and reflect upon key research methodologies and methods utilised in research in theatre, performance and live art. In both seminars and tutorials students will be encouraged to discuss and refine their individual work and understanding.

Indicative areas to be explored include research in;

Methods and practice of research, including ethnography, historiography, models of analysis, visualising research, documentation and art making,
Creativity and knowledge generation
Visualising research outcomes, documentation and performance
Practice-based research and Practice-led research.
Ethical dimensions of research
Digital documents and thesis development.
Interdisciplinary knowledge generation in the arts, performance and social sciences.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Discussion forum10.500.50
Group learning22.004.00
Independent online learning hours86.00
Private study hours86.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Detail private study and independent learning outside formal classes as a guide to students about what is expected from them for the module: journal articles, book chapters, specialised books.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of student progression will be possible through seminar discussion and presentations, individual tutorial centred on essay development, and some monitoring of the use of discussion boards

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500-3000 words70.00
PresentationOral group (15 mins)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit will be in the form of a project proposal (3500 words) and Powerpoint Presentation slides with short commentary.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:25


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